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State Seeks Input on Improving State Parks


The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for ways to improve State parks for the next ten years with the Visioning Process Plan. KSMU's Sheena Johnson has more...

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for ways to improve State parks for the next ten years with the Visioning Process Plan. For over a year now department officials have been collecting information by holding meetings and workshops with staff and constituency groups. They've collected ideas for long term planning for the 83 State Parks and Historic Sites. Currently, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for input from the public on the ideas developed over the last year. Doug Eiken (Ay-ken like fakin') is the Director of the Department Divisions State Parks and he explains why it's important to get the public involved.

The Visioning Process has been successful so far and one of the ideas for State and Historic Parks is already being implemented with the Historic Restoration Construction Crew. Eiken says crew members will be restoring and repairing historical buildings and structures.

Eiken says that involving members of the public is important because they determine how much funding Missouri State Park's receive.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is accepting input for the visioning process until January 31, 2008. The comments they receive will help determine what projects are the most important to the public. To learn more about the Missouri State Park's visioning ideas go to http://www.mostateparks.com/visioning