Ozark

Tracking River Smallmouth

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The smallmouth bass is one of Missouri’s most popular game fish, and biologists continue to learn more about the species to help manage its habitat and regulate harvest.

Biologists from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), National Park Service (NPS), University of Missouri (MU) and Missouri State University (MSU) are working together to gain information about smallmouth bass. These groups are conducting separate but complementary studies on the fish.

MDC confirms photo of mountain lion in Carter County

Van Buren, Mo – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed a photograph of a mountain lion taken by a trail camera on Dec. 21 on private land near Van Buren in Carter County.

MDC confirms photo of mountain lion near Ellington

ELLINGTON, Mo – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed a photograph of a mountain lion taken by a trail camera on Oct. 10 in the Current River Conservation Area about five miles south of Ellington.

Cooperative field restoration promotes local economy and wildlife habitat

CARTER COUNTY, Mo. -- When neighbors work together, much can be accomplished. This is the case with current cooperative efforts between farmers in Shannon and Carter counties as they work with local staff of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Ozark National Scenic Riverways, a unit of the National Park Service (NPS), to restore old fields on NPS land.

MDC confirms mountain lion sighting in Shannon County

EMINENCE, Mo – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed photographs of a mountain lion in Shannon County near Eminence taken by a trail camera on public land Sept. 10 and 11.

Summersville logging company nominated for prestigious award

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After being selected as Missouri’s loggers of the year in 2011, Gene Fiske, Jr., Jay Duncan and Gene Fiske, Sr., of J&G Logging in Summersville were nominated for the prestigious Appalachian Region Logger of the Year award this year.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Forest Products Supervisor Jason Jensen, even though the group was not selected for the award, their selection as finalists was a great achievement.

Chaney & Sons loggers named Ozark Region Loggers of the Year (2012)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The loggers of Chaney & Sons Logging of Birch Tree were selected by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) as the Ozark Region’s Loggers of the Year for 2012. The Chaney & Sons Logging crew is made up of a family team; Bryan Chaney, Denny Chaney and Roy Chaney.

According to MDC Resource Assistant Robert Crewse, who nominated the loggers, it was specific efforts that gained the group this prestigious honor.

Public invited to celebrate MDC 75th anniversary at Ozark Regional Office

WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to celebrate the Department’s 75th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Ozark Regional Office. This event, hosted by MDC’s Ozark regional supervisors, is intended to show the Department’s appreciation for support from the public, and also for MDC staff to celebrate accomplishments.

Texas County landowner honored for tree management

TEXAS COUNTY, Mo -- Texas County landowner John Powell has been recognized by The Missouri Tree Farm Committee for 50 years of good forest management and involvement in the American Tree Farm system. Through his oversight and actions, Powell has demonstrated commitment to the four cornerstones of wood, water, wildlife and recreation that make up the American Tree Farm System.

Prescribed burn promotes wildlife habitat across public land in Ozarks

CARTER COUNTY, Mo. -- Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and there was a lot of smoke over more than 4,000 acres of public land in the Ozarks March 26. A cooperative prescribed burn was used as a vegetation-management tool by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the National Park Service (NPS).

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