MDC offers upland game management and CRP workshop in Marshall

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is hosting an upland game and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) management workshop on May 28 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Marshall High School, 805 South Miami Ave. in Marshall. The workshop is free, but space is limited and participants must pre-register by May 22.

The landowner workshop will cover CRP sign-up information, quail and rabbit ecology and biology, habitat management for upland game and cost-share practices.

“Today, most of Missouri’s rural landscape provides little habitat for early successional wildlife such as quail, grassland birds and cottontail rabbits,” says MDC Private Land Conservationist Seth Moore. “This landowner workshop is designed to address how landowners can successfully sign-up for CRPs, learn more about available cost-share practices, and to learn about the needed habitat for upland game.”

CRP is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners. It has over a 25-year legacy of successfully protecting the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States. Through CRP, a landowner can receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.

The Saline County chapters of Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation and Quail Forever will be providing supper for participants.

For information or to make a reservation contact Moore at 660-886-7447, ext. 112 or MDC Wildlife Management Biologist Steven Noll at 660-248-3358, ext. 119.