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Several children plant native plants along a trail at a Missouri park.
Adding native plants to public parks is one way to enhance urban landscapes. MDC will host free a Conservation Planning Tools Workshop Thursday, May 2nd, at the Maryland Heights Community Center, 2300 McKelvey Road, Maryland Heights. The workshop will be tailored to city and county planners.

MDC invites community conservation planners to workshop in Maryland Heights May 2

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St. Louis
Apr 26, 2019

MARYLAND HTS., Mo. – An increasing number of Missouri communities are realizing there’s a need for incorporating nature and wise conservation practices in urban development plans. The adoption of community conservation planning policies can provide economic, health, and scenic benefits for people and nature.

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) free Conservation Planning Tools Workshop, which will be held on Thursday, May 2, at the Maryland Heights Community Center, 2300 McKelvey Road, Maryland Heights.

Lunch will be provided. Attendees who are American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) will receive 2.5 continuing maintenance (CM) credits. Participants 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

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