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MDC provides Columbia high schools with outdoor equipment

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Christmas came in August for three Columbia high school outdoor education teachers. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation awarded the three teachers new outdoor skills equipment valued at over $10,000 for their use in each of their respective outdoor education programs. The three high schools that received the donations are Battle, Hickman and Rock Bridge.

MDC names Warren Gerlt Central Regional Logger of the Year

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently named Warren Gerlt of Fayette as the Central Regional Logger of the Year for 2014. A third generation logger, Gerlt has been logging and buying timber for more than 30 years. He has been a certified logger since 2000.

The regional and state logger of the year award is presented by MDC to recognize loggers who take extra time and care to protect forest resources as trees are harvested.

MDC offering Hunter Education skills session on MU campus

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Planning on hunting this fall? Avoid the rush and sign-up to take your hunter education skills session now. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is holding three separate hunter education skills sessions on the University of Missouri (MU)—Columbia campus in Room 111, Conservation Auditorium, Anheuser Busch Natural Resources Building on the following dates:

MDC offering bowhunter education course in Columbia

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is holding a bowhunter education certification course from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, and Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the MDC Central Regional Office, 3500 E. Gans Road in Columbia. The two-day course is free, but registration is required by Aug. 17.

Join MDC Runge Nature Center for a free summer concert

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Discover nature and relax while listening to an open air summer concert featuring Kansas City musicians Michael Fraser and Tenley Hansen at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Runge Conservation Nature Center. The music duo will present Musical Maples from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31. The concert is free and open to the public.

MDC invites public to discuss urban deer management in Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to an informational meeting on urban deer management at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Runge Conservation Nature Center.

MDC staff will provide attendees with information about managing deer numbers in cities and suburbs. As human and deer populations in Missouri have grown together, urban residents are challenged to manage deer numbers at levels that minimize problems.

MDC hosting family night at the range in Cole County

RUSSELLVILLE, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites families to a night at the range from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, at Scrivner Road Conservation Area (CA) shooting range. This free program is open to all ages, however those age 17 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or adult mentor.

MDC staff and trained firearms instructors will be on hand to help attendees' learn the basics of rifle and shotgun shooting. All firearms, ammunition and targets will be provided.

MDC urges proper pruning to help storm-damaged trees

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The recent storm that swept through Columbia and the surrounding area left many trees in need of a little after-storm care. Trees that lost limbs may threaten the safety of homeowners, are at risk for decline, or even death.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has advice about how to determine which trees are salvageable and how to nurse them back to health.

According to MDC Forestry Regional Supervisor Susan Troxel-DeWitt, the amount of damage a tree can survive depends on the tree.

MDC urges pet owners in Columbia area to be watchful of coyotes

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) says it's important to be attentive to pets in areas where coyotes have been spotted or are known to live.

"This summer, the MDC regional office in Columbia has received a higher-than-average number of calls from citizens who have spotted coyotes in their neighborhoods," said MDC Wildlife Regional Supervisor John George. "While it is not unusual, we would like to remind folks to be aware and practice vigilance with regard to their pets."

Wet a line with MDC at kid’s fishing clinic in Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Fishing helps kids discover nature, and conserve it too. Help kids in your life get hooked on the thrill of fishing. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites kids (up to age 15) to a day of free fishing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, at MDC headquarters in Jefferson City.

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