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MDC invites public input for future management of five Franklin County river accesses

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments. Five river accesses in Franklin County are among those currently under review. 

DRAFT Merrill Horse Access Management Plan

Merrill Horse Access is 74 acres of woodland and bottomland forest in Jefferson County. Management for this area centers on providing bank and boat access to the Big River while protecting stream bank integrity. This area offers one concrete boat ramp.

DRAFT Franklin County River Accesses Management Plan

These areas are managed to provide public fishing access to the Meramec River, Boeuf Creek and Bourbeuse River for boat and bank anglers. Accesses included in the plan are Colter’s Landing Access, Mayers Landing Access, Redhorse Access, Reiker Ford Access, and Union Access.

MDC St. Louis region Protection Division volunteers earn 500-hour service awards

St. CHARLES, Mo.—Two Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) St. Louis regional volunteers with MDC’s Protection Division received awards for donating 500 hours of volunteer service. Dan Busekrus of Troy and Sarah Foran of Warrenton were each presented with a framed wildlife print to commemorate their exceptional service.

MDC confirms sightings of Pokémon at Busch Conservation Area and Powder Valley Nature Center

ST. CHARLES, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced today that sightings of the rare and virtual animals known as Pokémon (Pokémon digitalis) have been confirmed on both Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood and the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. The digitally-created creatures are generating a stir as the objects of the popular mobile device, scavenger hunt game, Pokémon Go.

Wright City resident honored as Missouri’s top bowhunter education instructor

WRIGHT CITY, Mo.— Hundreds of dedicated volunteer instructors across Missouri give their time, effort and expertise to make the success of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Bow Hunter Education (BHE) Program possible. And from among that group, one instructor in the St. Louis area has recently received the state’s top honor.

O’Fallon man honored as Missouri’s top hunter education instructor

O’FALLON, Mo.— Missouri’s hunter education program (HED) is administrated by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and taught statewide by more than 1,400 instructors. Each year, the Department recognizes instructors whose efforts exceed their regular teaching duties. This year, that top honor goes to a St. Louis area instructor.

David Cantoni of O’Fallon was awarded the distinction of being named MDC’s 2015 Missouri State Hunter Education Instructor of the Year.  The award is considered the highest honor among Missouri HED instructors. 

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