The Missouri Department of Conservation has announced they will temporarily close several MDC offices in southwest Missouri to the public due to rising COVID-19 concerns. Beginning Monday, the Southwest Regional Office and Springfield Conservation Nature Center, and the Andy Dalton Shooting Range all in Greene County will be closed. Bennett Spring Hatchery building and fish production areas around the building will close; however, the fishing areas and trails at the state park will remain open. These closures come after the Department of Health and Senior Services classified several counties under the “Extreme Risk” category due to their positivity rate and case rate. Though the offices will be closed to the public, staff will still be available to answer phone calls during regular office hours.