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Champion Bur Oak Tree near McBaine, Mo.

Champion Bur Oak Tree

The Missouri state champion bur oak tree stands in a field near McBaine.

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Children Fishing

Two young children enjoying the outdoors by fishing. Conservation make Missouri a great place to fish.

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Children plant a tree.

Children Plant a Tree

Get more information on backyard tree care, including proper tree selection and planting tips, at

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Chinese Mystery Snail

Cipangopaludina chinensis malleata
The Chinese mystery snail is an invasive species quickly taking over urban waters throughout the state. These Asian snails are popular with aquarium hobbyists, and some people appreciate them as food.

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CFM Award to Springfield Plateau Master Naturalist Chapter

Citizen volunteers receive state conservation honors

MDC volunteer and Master Naturalist chapter recognized at CFM banquet.

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Clayton Light

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) welcomes MDC Wildlife Biologist Clayton Light as the new area manager for Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area (CA), located in Boone County.

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Photo of climbing milkweed flowers and leaves.

Climbing Milkweed

Matelea decipiens
The brown, starlike, spreading flowers of climbing milkweed differ from those of other milkweeds, but milky sap, warty pods with silk-tasseled seeds, and the structures in the center of the flowers show its true alliance.

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Photo of combleaf yellow false foxglove showing flowers and leaves.

Combleaf Yellow False Foxglove

Aureolaria pectinata (formerly Gerardia pedicularia)
There are 3 species of Aureolaria in Missouri. Only combleaf yellow false foxglove is annual, has fernlike, delicately dissected leaves, and glandular hairs. It occurs in the Ozarks.

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Illustration of common alder leaves, flowers, fruits.

Common Alder

Alnus serrulata
Common alder is a good plant to know — its flowers and fruits are eaten by wildlife, its thick roots prevent erosion while enriching the soil, its bark has a long history of medical uses, and the dried female catkins, which look like tiny pinecones, are useful in craft projects and in jewelry!

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