Welcome to The Pine Needle, a web log specifically written about conservation activities in Shannon, Carter and Ripley counties by the Current River District Conservation Team (DCT). The Jacks Fork and Current Rivers are the most notable features in this area of the state that has been sculpted by clean, cold and clear rivers. It is also an area once logged so heavily that very few trees of notable size were left untouched. Residents of the area are proud of the part it played in the restoration efforts of the white-tailed deer and the wild turkey. It is a place we call home. Tourists recognize the uniqueness of the area and flock to visit its rivers, enjoy the Ozarks history and culture, hunt and fish. We all love the Ozarks and want to make sure the next generation has a chance to get their breath taken away by the cold water of the Current or the beauty of the pine covered hills on a foggy morning as the sun rises.
All members of the Current River DCT work for the Missouri Department of Conservation, but with very different areas of responsibility. We are united by one mission. That is to work together to best serve area users and manage the spectacular resources with which we are blessed to the best of our ability and by using the most current information available. The team works as a unit to decide priorities for the district. Group decisions are made on resource management and team members can ask for assistance for special projects. We know there is much we can accomplish when we pull together as a team, and it is exciting to be able to reach these goals for our patrons, Missouri’s citizens and visitors. We also know how fortunate we are to be able to do what we love and what we believe in: conservation.
This blog is no different than any other project we have taken on. We launched it as a team and will maintain it as a team. Seven Missouri Department of Conservation divisions will be contributing information on projects and opportunities happening in our part of the state. In that respect, The Pine Needle is just for you.
Over the next few weeks and months, you can expect to see profiles of landowners in the area who have completed projects on their own property, updates on the 100 year study at Peck Ranch, fire prevention tips, cost share monies available and much more. We’ll have a larger item posted each month but check back often as we will add little bits of information as they become available throughout the month.
Remember, if you are interested in learning more about a statewide issue, you probably won’t see it here. Instead, check out Fresh Afield by Tim Smith, Frontline Conservation by Todd Houf and various other conservation blogs available at http://www.mdc.mo.gov/blogs.
Welcome from the Current River DCT, and don’t be a stranger.