MDC to host open house at Reed Memorial Wildlife Area

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know your suggestions for the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee's Summit. An open house for public comments on area management practices will be held 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at MDC's Kansas City Regional Office, which is on the Reed Area at 12405 S.E. Ranson Road. Staff will answer questions about the area or about conservation in general. Visitors will also be able to fill out comment sheets.

MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for almost 1,000 conservation areas throughout the state and invites public comments.

Public comment on plans for the Reed Area can be made now via Internet. Also, public comment sheets are available at the front counter at the Kansas City Regional Office. The public comment period will remain open through Nov. 30.

Noted Kansas City business woman Nell Reed donated 731 acres to MDC in 1952 to begin the area. The donation was in memory of her husband James A. Reed, a former Kansas City mayor and U.S. senator. He had introduced her to hunting and fishing. MDC has used Department funds and federal monies to purchase additional tracts. The 3,084-acre area offers hiking, fishing, hunting, birding and other outdoor recreation. Anglers can fish in 12 lakes ranging in size from one acre to 42 acres. Information about the area is available at

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