St. Louis

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).

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center presents Down and Dirty program Aug. 25

KIRKWOOD, Mo.—Soil plays an essential role in our world; it filters water, helps plants grow, and provides habitat for billions of organisms.

But the most important thing is that it’s fun to get dirty.

MDC partners with Crawford County to repair road to conservation areas

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mo. — “What I see is, if you have a problem, you just fix it,” said Paul Watson, Associate Commissioner, District One of Crawford County. The problem was Valleyside Road off Highway 19, south of Steelville in Crawford County. Watson came to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the solution.

MDC invites public to share ideas about future management of Merrill Horse Access

DeSOTO, 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. Merrill Horse Access in Jefferson County is among the areas under review. 

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. 

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. 

Pages

Stay in Touch with MDC

Stay in Touch with MDC news, newsletters, events, and manage your subscription

Sign up

Our Magazines

Conservationist Magazine

Our monthly publication about conservation in Missouri--free to all residents.

Missouri Conservationist Cover

Xplor Magazine for kids

Xplor helps kids find adventure in their own backyard. Free to residents of Missouri.

xplor September/October