News Release 428

Public invited to share ideas at an informational meeting regarding Onondaga Cave State Park Nov. 14

Volume 37-428 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., NOV. 12, 2009 -- In an effort to ensure that the public has an opportunity to provide input regarding services in state parks and historic sites, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites you to bring your ideas to an informational meeting on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg. The informational meeting will begin at 11 a.m. at the park's visitor center and will be followed by a free tour of Onondaga Cave. The meeting and tour are open to the public.

During the informational meeting, recent scientific research, resource stewardship and cave restoration projects will be highlighted. The public will have the opportunity to visit with the park managers and the naturalist staff and provide comments. A representative from the Onondaga Friends Association will be available to talk to individuals about their role as volunteers for resource stewardship projects. Visitors can gather more information about the park's upcoming fall and winter cave restoration projects as well as other volunteer opportunities available at the park.

Based partially on previous comments and input from the public, the department has added online reservation capabilities for school and civic group cave tours, added a campground registration booth, completed a well received campground renovation in 2004, replaced handrails in Onondaga Cave and became part of a camping reservation system.

At noon, a free tour of Onondaga Cave will be offered. During the tour, staff will talk about the scientific research, resource stewardship, and past, current and future cave restoration efforts. The new stainless steel handrail system will be explained during the tour. To provide a quality informational experience, the tour will be open to the first 30 participants through advanced reservation. If significant interest occurs, one additional tour may be added.

Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H. For more information or to reserve a spot on the tour, contact the park at 573-245-6576 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at