Northwest

MDC and partners offer Prairie Days tours at Dunn Ranch

Bethany, Mo. – Northwest Missouri's grassland heritage will be celebrated at Prairie Days June 24-25 at Dunn Ranch in Harrison County. Bison, butterflies, birds and native plants that support them will be on display. Experts will interpret prairie ecology at a free event sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), The Nature Conservancy, and the Missouri Prairie Foundation. No registration is required and all ages are welcome for hikes, tours and exhibits.

MDC offers landowners payment for public use of land

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a new program to increase public access to private lands for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) provides incentive payments to private landowners who volunteer to open their properties to the public for these types of outdoor activities. Additional incentives are also available to enhance wildlife habitat on enrolled lands.

MDC offers free Discover Nature — Fishing classes

St. Joseph, Mo. – May and June are wonderful months to go fishing, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) teaches new anglers how and where to fish. MDC will offer two sets of Discover Nature — Fishing lessons in northwest Missouri during May. These lessons are free and MDC provides all necessary equipment and takes participants fishing at ponds after class time.

MDC finds prairie chicken numbers up at Dunn Ranch

Eagleville, Mo. – The first long, haunting "oooomph, oooomph" filled foggy darkness just before dawn, as a male prairie chicken announced his presence on a Harrison County hilltop. Moments later, another male arrived and puffed out the orange air sacs on his neck to make a mating call that resembles an exotic acoustic musical note. Then more joined in, creating a haunting chorus as sunrise made their foot-stomping dances and territorial jousts visible.

MDC to host Arbor Day observance April 30 in St. Joseph

St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host an Arbor Day celebration that includes free tree seedlings for attendees 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 30, at MDC’s Northwest Regional Office, 701 James McCarthy Drive on the Missouri Western State University campus.

MDC releases prairie chickens in northwest Missouri

Eagleville, Mo. – With a whirring of wings, the last of 100 greater prairie chickens released this spring at Dunn Ranch Prairie flew over the horizon and settled into native grassland. The bird, a hen, bore a small radio transmitter that will let biologists track it's movements through nesting and brood rearing seasons. Translocating prairie chickens trapped in Nebraska is one component of the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) program to restore this state-endangered species.

MDC welcomes new naturalist for NW Region

St. Joseph – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently welcomed Jada Tressler as a staff naturalist serving the state’s northwest region. Tressler will be based at MDC’s Northwest Regional Office in St. Joseph.

MDC recognizes outstanding urban forestry in St. Joseph

Kansas City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Community Forestry Council recently recognized Martha Clark of Helena for outstanding service to community tree programs in the St. Joseph area.

Clark was honored with a 2016 Arbor Award on March 9 at the Forestry Council's annual conference in St. Joseph. Presenting the awards were Missouri State Forester Lisa Allen and Missouri Community Forestry Council Chair Casey Jo Kellner.

MDC offers free prescribed burn workshop March 19

Cameron, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free prescribed burn workshop at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Pony Express Conservation Area northwest of Cameron. Prescribed fire is an effective way to manage vegetation for better cattle forage and improved wildlife habitat.

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