MO.gov News Feed: Department of Natural Resources /news-rss?filter=natural_resources MO.gov News Feed: Department of Natural Resources Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:01:10 +0000 en-us Informational meeting at Castlewood State Park July 26 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=127 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=127 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:07:03 +0000 The public is invited to bring their ideas to an open house at Castlewood State Park on Saturday, July 26. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the park office and refreshments will be provided. Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about park services and operations. This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites. Castlewood State Park is located off of Highway 141, then west on Big Bend Road to Reis Road, then turn left on Reis Road. The park entrance is at the intersection of Kiefer Creek and Reis Roads. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the park directly at 636-227-4433. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Informational meeting at Trail of Tears State Park July 26 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=126 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=126 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:07:03 +0000 The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Trail of Tears State Park on Saturday, July 26. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the visitor center. Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about park services and operations. This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites. Trail of Tears State park is located at 429 Moccasin Springs Road near Jackson. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling Trail of Tears State Park at 573-290- 5268. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Informational meeting at Prairie State Park July 23 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=125 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=125 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:07:03 +0000 The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Prairie State Park on Wednesday, July 23. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the park’s Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center. Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about park services and operations. This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites. At 7 p.m., guests will be able to view a short documentary created by Missouri State Parks on the story of the Battle of Island Mound, the first time African-American troops engaged in Civil War combat. Portions of the movie were filmed at Prairie State Park. The Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site near Butler, Mo, is one of Missouri State Parks’ 87 state parks and historic sites. Prairie State Park is located 17 miles west of Lamar on Hwy. 160 to State Road NN. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling 417-843-6711. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Current River State Park to hold kayak clinics http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=124 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=124 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:07:03 +0000 Current River State Park will be hosting a series of free kayak clinics during the months of July and August. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the clinics will be held on Fridays from 10 a.m.to noon and will be taught on the park’s lower lake. The first clinic will be held on July 18 and the last clinic on August 15. Kayaks will be provided, and visitors will learn about kayak safety and skills. Topics covered include kayak equipment, basic paddle strokes and maneuvers, river safety and basic rescue techniques. Clinic instructors are certified by the American Canoe Association. Sessions will be limited to 12 participants and advanced reservations are required. Reservations can be made in person or by calling Current River State Park at 573-858-3015. Current River State Park is located 25 miles south of Salem or 15 miles north of Eminence on Highway 19. For more information about the clinics, call the park at 573-858-3015. For information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Wildflower Hike at Prairie State Park July 19 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=123 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=123 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:07:03 +0000 The prairie is ablaze with color at Prairie State Park. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, guests can join a park naturalist on Saturday, July 19 at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center for a walk among green grasses and colorful flowers to learn more about the amazing prairie ecosystem. It is suggested that visitors dress for the weather and hiking across the prairie. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended as well as insect repellant. The hike will last about two hours covering 1.5-2 miles. Prairie State Park is located at 128 NW 150th Lane, Mindenmines. For more information about the event, contact Prairie State Park at 417-843-6711. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Missouri Cities Receive Funding for Local Water Projects http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=122 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=122 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:07:03 +0000 The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded low interest loans to four cities for water related projects throughout the state. The receiving cities are Risco, Holland, Belton and St. Joseph. The city of Risco will receive a $44,150 low-interest loan to add ultraviolet disinfection to the city’s wastewater treatment facility. Disinfection eliminates bacteria from wastewater prior to its release into the environment. The project is estimated to cost $130,250. This small borrower loan will be financed through repayments of loans made from Water Pollution Control bonds. The city of Holland will receive a $50,000 low-interest loan to construct a drinking water transmission line between Holland and Steele and rehabilitate an existing elevated storage tank. The project is estimated to cost $549,800. This small borrower loan will be financed through repayments of loans made from Water Pollution Control bonds and is part of a funding package that also includes a $499,800 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Economic Development. The city of Belton will receive a $7 million loan to improve its drinking water distribution system. The city plans to construct a 3 million gallon elevated storage tank and connecting transmission line to the tower. The construction of the storage tank is estimated to cost $5.5 million and the 16-inch transmission line is estimated to cost $1.5 million. Funding for the loan comes from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The city of St. Joseph will receive a $56 million low-interest loan to construct improvements to its wastewater treatment facility. The city will use the funds to replace the grit removal system, upgrade the wastewater treatment system and improve the solids dewatering system. The project is estimated to cost $59 million. Funding comes from Missouri’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The Department of Natural Resources will administer the loan funds and is committed to working with communities and public entities to assist with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs. For more information, visit the department’s Water Protection Financial Assistance Center online. Informational meeting at Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site July 8 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=121 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=121 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:07:03 +0000 The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site on Tuesday, July 8. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the park’s picnic shelter. Park representatives will provide information on recent accomplishments and future plans for the facility and will be available to answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about park services and operations. This meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites. Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is located seven miles north of Sedalia, off Highway 65 on Bothwell State Park Road in Pettis County. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the facility directly at (660) 827-0510. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Informational Meeting at Hawn State Park July 12 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=120 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=120 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:07:03 +0000 The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Hawn State Park on Saturday, July 12. The meeting will be held from 2- 4 p.m. at the park’s amphitheater in the campground. Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about park services and operations. This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites. Hawn State Park is located off Highway 144, twenty miles west of Ste. Genevieve. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling 573-883-3603. For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Guests at Table Rock State Park enjoy award-winning boating and fishing http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=119 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=119 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:07:03 +0000 A vacation at Table Rock State Park includes the opportunity to enjoy award-winning fishing and boating. The park has been recognized among the Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing. Table Rock State Park earned the ninth spot on the Top 100 list. The Take Me Fishing campaign was initiated by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation as a nationwide vote in order to create a list for families and outdoor enthusiasts with the best family-friendly places to boat and fish. The park’s marina, State Park Marina, was also recently designated as a “Clean Marina”, the first such distinction reached by a marina in Missouri. The voluntary enrollment program by Ozarks Water Watch and the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition is being piloted on Table Rock Lake, and is funded in part by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Table Rock Lake Marina Association. The program recognizes marinas with an official designation status for being good stewards of the environment and taking steps to protect water quality. In order to receive the designation, Mitch Schupp, marina manager, and his staff prepared the marina based upon environmental Best Management Practices and implemented a variety of environmentally-friendly procedures and practices. Numerous water recreation options await at the park’s marina, including boat rental, Waverunner rental, parasailing, catamaran sailboat excursions, scuba diving and fishing guides. New at the marina for 2014 is Flyboarding. A Flyboard allows guests to hover, ascend, and descend over the water with great range of movement. For more on services offered at the marina, visit stateparkmarina.com. Table Rock State Park, located six miles west of the Hollister exit on Taney County 165, offers something for everyone. Camping areas that allow easy access to the lake, hiking and mountain bike trails and a range of shelters and picnic areas help make the park the ideal place for playing in and around the lake’s clear waters. For more on Table Rock State Park, call the park at 417-334-4704. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Twain returns to Missouri for events at Mark Twain State Park and Birthplace http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=118 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=118 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:07:03 +0000 Guests of all ages will be able to enjoy the return of Mark Twain, as portrayed by Warren Brown, at the Mark Twain State Park and Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site on July 11-12. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the events will feature Brown’s authentic characterization of Twain’s stories and lecture series. On Friday, July 11, Warren will present at the park’s Campground Amphitheater at 8 p.m. The following day, on Saturday, July 12 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Brown will visit the Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site as Twain to share of memories and recollections of the Florida, Mo. Area. Mark Twain State Park and Historic Site is located at 37352 Shrine Road in Florida. For more information about the event, call Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site at 573-565-3449. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Informational meeting at Stockton State Park July 11 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=117 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=117 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:07:03 +0000 The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Stockton State Park on Friday, July 11. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the park’s North Picnic Shelter. Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about park services and operations. This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites. Stockton State Park is located near Stockton on Highway 215. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling 417-276-4259. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Informational Meeting for two Southeast facilities July 8 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=116 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=116 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:07:03 +0000 The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting about Fort Davidson State Historic Site and Elephant Rocks State Park on July 8. The meeting will be held at the site’s Visitor Center from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8. Park representatives will provide information on future plans for both facilities and answer questions about the locations. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about park services and operations. This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling (573) 546-3454. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Informational Meeting planned for Katy Trail State Park June 28 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=115 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=115 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:07:03 +0000 The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Katy Trail State Park on Saturday, June 28. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at Katy Trail State Park’s Boonville trailhead, and an open house will be held after the meeting until 4 p.m. Representatives from the park will be on hand to discuss projects on the section of Katy Trail State Park from Boonville to Clinton. Representatives from the facility will also provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share feedback and suggestions about the facility. The open house is part of an ongoing effort to ensure the public has input and knowledge on services provided in Missouri state parks and historic sites. The Booneville trailhead is located on 1st Street in Booneville. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling 660-563-2463. For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Informational Meeting at Onondaga Cave State Park July 5 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=114 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=114 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:07:03 +0000 The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Onondaga Cave State Park on July 5. The open house-style meeting will be held from 11 a.m-2 p.m. at the Visitors Center. Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about park services and operations. This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites. The events for the day will include various activities as visitors learn about the importance of cave and nature conservation and preservation. Refreshments will be served. Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit, off of Interstate 44 on Highway H. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling 573-245-6576. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Informational meeting at Ha Ha Tonka State Park July 5 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=113 http://www.dnr.mo.gov/newsrel/data.asp?param=113 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:07:03 +0000 The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting at Ha Ha Tonka State Park on Saturday, July 5. The open house-style meeting will be from 1-3 p.m. at the park Visitor Center. Park representatives will provide information on future plans for the facility and answer questions. Visitors are invited to share comments and suggestions about park services and operations. This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input regarding the facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites. The meeting will take place in conjunction with other family friendly water- related activities focused around the theme, “Water, what you don’t see matters most." Ha Ha Tonka State Park is located five miles southwest of Camdenton on U.S. Highway 54 on Highway D. Individuals requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling 573-346-2986. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.