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MDC hosts Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival Feb. 6

St. Louis, Mo. — The Maple Sugar Festival at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Rockwoods Reservation offers visitors the chance to discover nature at its most delicious.

The 2016 Maple Sugar Festival takes place Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to the whole family at no cost. No reservations are necessary. Parking will be available on-site, and off-site with shuttle bus service at the St. Louis Community College-Wildwood campus, 2645 Generations Drive.

Eagle watching event at Columbia Bottom canceled due to area closure

SPANISH LAKE, Mo.— Due to extensive flood damage to the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, the Eagle Days events planned there for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16-17, have been canceled.

The levee at Columbia Bottom was breached during the late-December floods and the area was inundated with water, which left the main asphalt road and other parts of the area with severe damage. There was also a significant of silt and mud deposited. Columbia Bottom will be closed to the public until further notice for clean-up and repairs.

MDC seeks info about poached bull elk found at Current River

SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is investigating a dead bull elk recently found along the Current River in Shannon County and asks the public to report any related information to the Department's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111.

According to MDC preliminary information, the elk appears to have been shot and the skull plate and antlers were removed with a chainsaw. The rest of the carcass was left intact.

Henges Shooting Range, Columbia Bottom closed due to flooding: MDC urges caution near rivers and streams

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in High Ridge is now closed due to hazardous road conditions along I-44. MDC's Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake and Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area in St. Charles County were also closed earlier this week because of flooded conditions on those areas. The visitor center at Columbia Bottom is still open for the time being.

MDC seeks recycled Christmas trees to benefit fish and anglers

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—What better Christmas present could there be than a new home? Of course, there are some anglers who might say an improved chance to catch some fish would be top on their list.

Christmas trees can check both boxes by creating a place for fish to live and by giving an advantage to anglers.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting used natural Christmas trees to create fish habitat in Lake 35 on the August A. Busch Conservation Area in St. Charles, and in Creve Coeur Lake in St. Louis County.

MDC: Live Christmas trees offer gifts both during and after the holidays

St. Louis, Mo. — A living Christmas tree can be wonderful holiday gift for your home. It's also the perfect gift for nature long after the holidays are over, according to Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Community Forester Mark Grueber.

MDC and partners bring Eagle Days to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Jan. 16-17

ST. LOUIS, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners offer anyone eager to see eagles the chance to discover a close connection with our nation's emblem bird. The Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16 and 17.

Christmas tree from Washington, Mo., lights up the Governor’s lawn

Washington, Mo.—Thousands of people who see and visit the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City this holiday season will admire a magnificent 30-foot Christmas tree from Washington, Mo.

MDC stocks St. Louis lakes with rainbow trout

St. Louis, Mo.—A rainbow in the sky can bring life to even the drabbest of days. But a rainbow on the end of a fishing line can be just the thing to liven up an angler's entire winter.

During winter months, the metro St. Louis area is a great place to fish for trout, thanks to the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) winter trout program.

MDC’s Reifsnider Shooting Range hours temporarily changing starting Dec. 7

Warrenton, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will temporarily modify hours of operation at its unstaffed shooting range at the Reifsnider State Forest in Warren County starting Monday, Dec. 7. The change will be to accommodate a construction project on the site.

The range will be closed Monday through Thursday from Dec. 7 until March 1, 2016. The exact completion date may be effected by weather conditions. During this three-month construction period, MDC will install a new boundary fence and construct a new containment basin behind the backstop.

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