JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) celebrates 80 years of serving nature and you. MDC was founded by Missourians – concerned by the state’s decimated fish, forests, and wildlife – through a constitutional amendment passed in 1936 to create the nation’s first apolitical conservation agency in 1937.
Keeping with its tradition of citizen-based conservation, MDC will hold open houses around the state from August through October to share information and gather public feedback.
MDC invites you to get information and give feedback at an open house at Runge Conservation Nature Center on THURSDAY, AUG. 10, from 6 – 8 p.m. The Nature Center is located at 330 Commerce Drive in Jefferson City.
MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley will attend the open house to share insights on the Department’s history, conservation priorities, and challenges on the horizon. Brandon Butler, executive director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri, will also attend the open house to address how partnerships with outside organizations can further progress conservation efforts across the state.
Attendees are encouraged to give feedback on MDC regulations, infrastructure, strategic priorities, and statewide and local conservation issues.
No registration is required for this event and refreshments will be served. The first 80 attendees at each open house will receive a special gift from MDC.
For more information, contact MDC Public Involvement Coordinator Michele Baumer at (573) 522-4115, ext. 3350, or Michele.Baumer@mdc.mo.gov.