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MDC seeking public comments on regulations as part of state review

Comment on MDC regulations online at under EXISTING REGULATIONS.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In accordance with Gov. Eric Greitens’ executive order issued in January (, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is undergoing a thorough review of and seeking public comment on all regulations of the Wildlife Code of Missouri under the Missouri Code of State Regulations.

Individuals can comment on MDC regulations online at under EXISTING REGULATIONS (

“Citizen involvement and participation have always been important to the Missouri Department of Conservation,” said MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley. “We value public input and want to hear from you.”

MDC will also hold the following open houses from 6 – 8 p.m. to gather public feedback:

·   Aug. 8 at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center, 2289 County Park Drive in Cape Girardeau;

·   Aug. 10 at Runge Conservation Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive in Jefferson City;

·   Aug. 14 at the MDC Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore in Kirksville;

·   Sept. 7 at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood;

·   Sept. 26 at Kemper Recital Hall in Spratt Hall 101 on the Missouri Western State University campus, 4525 Downs Drive in St. Joseph;

·   Oct. 10 at Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way in Springfield;

·   Oct. 12, at Twin Pines Conservation Education Center, 20086 Highway 60 in Winona; and

·   Oct. 26 at Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave in Kansas City.

MDC is undergoing a review of all regulations and is seeking public comment on them. Individuals can comment online at under EXISTING REGULATIONS. 

Regulations pertinent to equestrian use are on pages 4 and 5 of Chapter 11: Special Regulations for Department Areas, section 3 CSR 10-11.130: Vehicles, Bicycles, Horses and Horseback Riding.


Back Country Horsemen of Missouri

July 2017

!!!  Please Help !!!   We need to provide feedback to Governor Greiten’s Trail Survey !!!

Please take two minutes to complete Governor Greiten’s Survey

Regarding:   Missouri Rock Island Trail (MORIT)

– Rails-To-Trails has converted 47 miles of former rail line to multi-use trails from Pleasant Hill to Windsor, Missouri, where it connects to the 240 mile Katy Trail.

–  Another 144.3 miles are available.  According to the MORIT website, “The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is considering entering into an Interim Trail Use Agreement with Missouri Central Railroad for the purpose of developing the Rock Island Trail Project, a conversion of the former Rock Island Railroad corridor into a 144.3 mile long recreational trail from Windsor, MO, to Beaufort, MO. “

–  BCHMO needs to urge Gov. Greitens to add these miles to the existing miles and make it a linear State Park.  To take the survey click the link below:

Suggested Comments:  (PLEASE PUT IN YOUR OWN WORDS)

– The expansion should be a non-motorized, multi-use trail, open to hikers, bikers and equestrians.

– Missouri was voted the “Trail State” in 2010.  The addition of this trail system will provide a significant tourist destination.

– Revitalization of Trail Towns (this has happened to towns along the existing 47 miles).  Economic development would improve quality of life in Rock Island Trail towns, many of which are former rail towns with historic value.

– Increase job growth in Trail Towns.

– Increase in Missouri tourism and revenue.  (Cyclist, Hikers and Equestrians)

– Increased recreational opportunities.