JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- This year the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is celebrating 80 years of serving nature and you. MDC was founded by Missourians -- concerned by the state’s decimated fish, forests, and wildlife -- through a constitutional amendment passed in 1936 to create the nation’s first apolitical conservation agency in 1937.
Keeping with its tradition of citizen-based conservation, MDC will hold open houses around the state in August through October to share information and gather public feedback. Can’t make an open house? Share comments online at mdc.mo.gov/openhouse.
MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley will be at all open houses to share insights on the Department’s history, conservation priorities, and challenges on the horizon. Each open house will also include remarks by local community leaders.
Attendees are encouraged to give feedback on MDC regulations, infrastructure, strategic priorities, and statewide and local conservation issues.
No registration is required. Refreshments will be served. The first 80 attendees at each open house will receive a special gift from MDC.
"Citizen involvement and participation have always been important to the Department of Conservation,” said Director Pauley. “Whether through gathering input from hunters on deer season regulations, or hikers and birdwatchers on how a conservation area should be managed, we value public input. We want to hear from you."
Watch this video for an invitation from Director Pauley: youtube.com/watch?v=hQ0khwwQRWc.
For more information, contact MDC Public Involvement Coordinator Michele Baumer at 573-522-4115, ext. 3350, or Michele.Baumer@mdc.mo.gov.