MDC invites community conservation planners to workshop

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – An increasing number of Missouri communities are realizing there’s a need for wise conservation in urban development. The adoption of community conservation planning policies can have benefits for both people and wildlife.

City, county, and regional planners – and other professionals involved in land management and development – can learn more about incorporating conservation into the urban fabric at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Conservation Planning Tools Workshop, which will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 19 at the Missouri Job Center – Ozark Region, located at 2900 E. Sunshine St. in Springfield. Lunch will be provided. Attendees who are American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) will receive 2.5 continuing maintenance (CM) credits. People can register at and can also find the complete list of Conservation Planning Tools workshops that are scheduled.

Workshop participants will receive a free copy of MDC’s new publication, “Conservation Planning Tools for Missouri Communities: A Reference Manual.” In addition to technical information on planning processes and sources of useful data, the manual also contains case studies from communities in Missouri and other states that demonstrate the flexibility of planning tools to strengthen connections to nature and meet other civic objectives.

People can also learn more about community conservation at