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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will unveil a website design with improved organization Wednesday.

Using the same web address,, the new website will feature content grouped by the department's areas of focus and the state's first document search function.

"We recognize the department's current website is outdated and difficult to navigate," DNR Director Dru Buntin said in a news release. "We wanted to develop a more secure website that is intuitive for our customers to navigate, and reflects our mission and commitment to the citizens of Missouri."

The website will be organized into sections, such as air, water, energy, waste and recycling, state parks and general topics.

DNR services already provided through its website, such as permitting, financial opportunities, public notices and monitoring and reporting, will continue to be provided through the website's Popular Services menu.

Heidi Rice, the department's web content coordinator, said the state's new document search functions allow visitors to sort through thousands of documents using filters and search options.

The search function will apply to fact sheets, guidance documents, and departmental forms and reports, Rice said.

The website will also be optimized for viewing on mobile devices.

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