Offer input at Missouri Department of Conservation 80th Anniversary Open House in Kirksville Aug. 14

KIRKSVILLE, 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 in August through October to share information and gather public feedback.

MDC invites you to get information and give feedback at an open house at the Department’s Northeast Regional Office on MONDAY, AUG. 14, from 6 – 8 p.m. The Northeast Regional Office is located at 3500 S. Baltimore Street in Kirksville.

Come early to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Northeast Regional Office from 4:30 – 6 p.m. The celebration will include opportunities for free, guided fishing and hiking outside, and indoor exhibits on Spring Creek Watershed management, Mississippi River fishing, bats, bees, and other wildlife, as well as nature craft activities.

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. Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber, and National Wild Turkey Federation-Missouri Regional Director Mike Allen will also attend the event to address how partnerships with municipalities and other organizations can further progress local and statewide conservation efforts.

Attendees are encouraged to give feedback on Department 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.

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