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DRAFT Long Ridge Conservation Area Management Plan

Long Ridge Conservation Area is 1,813 acres of forest, woodland, and old field habitats in Franklin County. This area is managed for wildlife and woodland resources with an emphasis on woodland species and compatible recreational opportunities. Long Ridge CA offers over 8 miles of multi-use (hiking and horseback riding) trails for public use.

DRAFT Forest 44 Conservation Area Management Plan

Forest 44 Conservation Area is 998 acres of forest, woodland, and old field habitats in St. Louis County. This area provides opportunities for diverse outdoor recreation and is managed for the natural communities and habitats for native fish, forests, and wildlife. Forest 44 CA offers 2.6 miles of hiking trails, 11.8 miles of multi-use (hiking and horseback riding) trails, and Jay Henges shooting range for public use.

DRAFT B.K. Leach Memorial Conservation Area Management Plan

 B.K. Leach Memorial Conservation Area is 4,307 acres of wetland, forest, woodland, cropland, grassland, and old field habitats in Lincoln County. This area is managed for wetlands and bottomland natural communities to provide the public with diverse outdoor recreational opportunities. B.K. Leach Memorial CA offers five waterfowl hunting blinds and two fishing lakes for public use.

MDC cohosts overnight campout in Forest Park to help families discover the outdoors

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Have you ever wanted to learn to camp or fish? Or perhaps go canoeing or create a great meal outdoors? But maybe you just don’t know where to start. If so, then WOW St. Louis is for you.  This beginning overnight camping event will be held in Forest Park Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9. 

MDC hosts women’s free trout fishing event at Maramec Spring Park Sept. 10

ST. JAMES, Mo. – Missouri is a great place to fish, especially in the crystal waters of one of the state’s largest springs.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women of all ages to a free trout fishing event at Maramec Spring Park on Saturday, Sept. 10. Fishing will start at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 7:15 p.m. There is no fishing license or daily trout tag required for women during this free event. A special area of the spring branch will be roped off for use by event anglers only.

MDC offers special program in St. Charles to help kids catch their first fish

ST. CHARLES, Mo.—Nothing can excite a kid and open up a whole new world like that first tug on the end of a fishing line. Turning the reel, feeling the fight, pulling that fish from the water and the thrill of seeing the first fish ever caught by their own hand is a magical moment.

MDC co-hosts Monarch Tagging Event in St. Charles Sept. 10

ST. CHARLES, Mo.—Using mysterious powers rivaling a GPS, they navigate a landscape more vast than the span of the continental United States.  With instinct alone as their guide and in perfect sync, thousands journey through the air each autumn to one particular mountain range in Mexico. It’s a specific roosting site custom-made for their needs. 

They’re not birds.  They’re butterflies.

Emerald ash borer confirmed in Franklin County, MDC urges proactive approach

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – That dreaded green beetle, the emerald ash borer (EAB), continues to spread its destructive influence.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed earlier this month that EAB, an insect that kills ash trees, was found for the first time in Franklin County.

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) foresters say home and landowners in Franklin County need to make plans now to protect or replace their ash trees.

MDC’s Jay Henges Shooting Range still accessible despite partial closure of Antire Road

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) closed a portion of the South Outer Road (Beaumont Antire Road) between Bussen Quarry Road and the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center as of Aug. 15. According to MoDOT, the portion of road, immediately to the southwest of the range, will remain closed to traffic in both directions until early October.  The closure is to facilitate pavement resurfacing work.

MDC works with Ferguson-Florissant School District to improve Little Creek Nature Area

FLORISSANT, Mo.—An aerial view of the city of Florissant reveals a latticework of streets, buildings, and neatly-parceled suburban neighborhoods.  One patch of green, however, stands out conspicuously from the concrete web.  That green is Little Creek Nature Area, a 100-acre oasis of natural habitat that exists, thanks to the foresight of the Ferguson-Florissant School District.  It’s also gotten a boost from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

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