Now you can fly a drone at an MDC nature area — with a permit

That cool drone you got for Christmas with a camera hanging from its belly will now be legal to fly above Conservation Department lands — if you get a permit.

On Friday, the Missouri Conservation Commission unanimously approved a new policy allowing recreational drone use at MDC lands.

Recreational drone flyers have been banned from zooming around at nature centers and conservation areas, but now there’s a system in place to allow the practice.

“To this point, we have not allowed use of drowns by the public,” said Jennifer Battson Warren, deputy director of business at MDC. “But we know folks enjoy the outdoors in many ways, and as drones become more popular, we want to open the gate to new technology that lets people enjoy nature.”

She noted that drones were among the most popular Christmas gifts for people to receive.

But some folks might not appreciate the whining sound of a drone flying overhead, so

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