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Friends Highlight Natural Areas on the Missouri River
Midwest Region, January 12, 2010
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Missouri River Relief, Friends of Big Muddy and Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge hosted a presentation by Missouri Department of Conservations Natural Areas Coordinator Mike Leahy.  Thirty five people participated in the presentation on the evening of January 12, 2010.

His presentation focused on the designated Natural Areas along or near the Missouri River.   The Missouri River travels 553 miles through Missouri.  On its way it travels through diverse habitat these Natural Areas highlight.  

The Missouri Natural Area system provides a way to protect particularly unique ecological communities throughout the state. From glades to wetlands, springs to forests, caves to prairies, these areas represent a cross- section of the best nature Missouri has to offer.

Mike Leahy works across the state to monitor, manage and protect these gems, located both on private and public lands.

Coffee and Snacks were provided by the Friends of Big Muddy.   Numerous questions were asked of Leahy and the participants gained beneficial insight on some of the best natural opportunities Missouri has to offer. 

Contact Info: Tim Haller, 573-441-2799, tim_haller@fws.gov
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