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People who utilize the Ted Shanks Conservation Area to hunt or just to see thousands of wild birds may not know the 6,705- acre facility north of Louisiana is in the middle of a major restoration project.
Now in its second year, the habitat rehabilitation and enhancement project is designed to more efficiently flow water through the lands along the Mississippi and Salt rivers to allow former trees and habitat to come back.
The project is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is being carried out by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The project idea started after the flood of 1993 wiped out more than 2,000 acres of bottom land forest that was prime habitat for birds, geese, ducks and other animals.
For the full story see the May 8 print edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.