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Missouri belt tightening affects 13 facilities

From the Missouri Department of Conservation

-- As part of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s recently announced efforts to cut costs by an estimated $7.5 million annually, the MDC will close or end its lease agreements for 13 office facilities throughout the state by July 2011. The Department will also reduce hours of operation at some other facilities over the next year.
The office facilities slated for closure by July 1, 2011,  are Liberty Field Office in Clay County,  Brookfield Maintenance Shop in Linn County, Sullivan Public Contact Office in Franklin County, Ironton Field Office in Iron County,  Van Buren Field Office in Carter County, Marble Hill Field Office in Bollinger County, Fredericktown Field Office in Madison County, Farmington Field Office in St. Francois County, Branson Field Office in Taney County, Little Dixie Conservation Area Field Office in Callaway County,  MDC Field Office in the University of Missouri Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in Howard County, Long Branch Field Office in Macon County and Hartell Conservation Area Field Office in Clinton County
The majority of the locations have six or fewer employees, and most of the staff spend the majority of their time out in the field, said Department Director John Hoskins. “It just makes sense to have them work from other MDC facilities in the region or even from home. In other locations, it simply will save in the long run to house staff elsewhere.”    
In addition to reducing facilities, the Department will reduce hours of operation at six of its seven nature and education centers from as many as seven days per week to five days per week.  Specific changes will be determined over the next year. Hoskins explained that the Department’s need to cut costs is both a reaction to the economic downturn and also part of its long-term goal of better balancing staffing costs with other expenses.

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