SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has long realized that urban areas are important components of wildlife habitat in the state. With that in mind, MDC is offering Community Conservation Grants (CCG) to government entities (civic governments, municipal and county park departments, etc.) or non-profit organizations to help their communities develop conservation strategies that will create urban areas beneficial to both residents and wildlife.
Parties can learn more about MDC’s Community Conservation Grant program at an informational meeting from 9-11 a.m. June 11 at MDC’s Southwest Regional Office, 2630 N. Mayfair in Springfield. Refreshments will be provided. To register, contact MDC Urban Wildlife Biologist Ashley Schnake at Ashley.Schnake@mdc.mo.gov or 417-895-6880, ext. 1637. This meeting is open to communities throughout the southwest part of the state.
The goals of the CCG program are:
- To provide support for terrestrial and aquatic habitat improvement in urban areas
- To coordinate efforts among similar organizations which share the common goal of improving urban habitats and supporting community conservation efforts
- To train partner organization staff in native habitat restoration and long-term management practices of sustaining natural landscapes
- To engage the public through conservation education and volunteer opportunities.