Department of Natural Resources seeks public input to eliminate unnecessary red tape

In January, Governor Greitens signed Executive Order 17-03, which requires executive agencies to review every regulation under its jurisdiction in the Code of State Regulations. The order also requires state agencies to solicit input from the public and take action to rescind or amend those regulations identified as needing action.

The goals of the Executive Order review process are to cut red tape, encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and job growth, and remove needless, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome regulations.

To fulfill those goals, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is aiming to reduce its regulatory restrictions by one-third.

The department is currently reviewing its regulations and is seeking feedback through its board, commission and council meetings through Dec. 15, 2017. A complete calendar of board and commission meetings dates is available at http://dnr.mo.gov/calendar/search.do.

Comments will also be accepted online, by email or by mail through Dec. 15, 2017.

To learn more, visit http://dnr.mo.gov/redtapereduction.

 

Photo walk offered July 22 at Bennett Spring State Park

Anyone interested in learning about nature photography is invited to a photo walk July 22 at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon. This free event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. will be conducted by Al Griffin, a professional photographer.

The workshop will begin at the nature center with a discussion about techniques and principles used to create better images. The participants will walk a trail, taking photos along the way. The workshop will end with a question-and-answer session.  

Participants are asked to bring a camera --any kind of camera will work, even a cell phone camera. They should also dress appropriately for the weather outdoors and wear comfortable shoes.

Griffin does commercial and fine art photograph and his work has been published in various magazines and exhibited in New York City and Paris.   

Missouri State Parks is celebrating 100 years in 2017. Visitors can experience all the park system has to offer with the Centennial Passport. Visit http://mostateparks.com/passport for more information. 

Bennett Spring State Park is located at 26250 Hwy. 64 about 12 miles west of Lebanon. For more information about the event, call the park at 417-532-3925. Details: http://mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

 

Guided lantern tours through Onondaga Cave offered July 22 and Aug. 26

The public will have the opportunity to take a guided lantern tour of Onondaga Cave at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg July 22 and Aug. 26. The tours, held from 7 to 9 p.m. each time, are hosted by the Onondaga Friends Association.  

As guests are guided through the cave, they will hear about the interesting characters that played a role in the cave’s history. Young children are welcome but the tour is geared toward an adult audience.

Space for the tour is limited and advanced reservations and payments are highly recommended. The fee is $22.00 for adults and $12 for children between 11 and 14. For more information and to make online reservations, visit onondagafriends.org. The Onondaga Friends Association will use proceeds to enhance interpretive services at the park.

Missouri State Parks is celebrating 100 years in 2017. Visitors can experience all the park system has to offer with the Centennial Passport. Visit mostateparks.com/passport for more information. 

Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off Interstate 44 on Highway H. For more information about the park, call Onondaga Cave State Park at 573-245-6576.

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.