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Love nature? Become a Master Naturalist with MDC

ROLLA, Mo. — Missouri Master Naturalists mix science with service. They engage Missourians in the stewardship of our state's natural resources through science-based education and community service.

The Meramec Hills Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the University of Missouri (MU) Extension, will be holding a Master Naturalist training course in Rolla. The training in Rolla will consist of the following:

MDC to hold prescribed burn workshops in Ozarks

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Fire can be a beneficial land-management tool to improve wildlife habitat and reduce less-desirable plant species when used in controlled, supervised conditions. However, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) stresses that prescribed fire involves planning and on-site management.

MDC invites landowners and others interested in learning how to use prescribed fire as a land-management tool to these free upcoming workshops in the Ozarks.

MDC offers fish gigging clinic Jan. 23 for Oregon County

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host Introduction to Fish Gigging in Oregon County, Saturday, Jan. 23, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registered participants will meet at MDC's Ozark Regional Office in West Plains before departing as a group to gig on private land. Blake Stephens, MDC fisheries management biologist, said participants will learn to gig from the front of a boat, learn about sucker fish and the Ozark tradition of fish gigging.

MDC seeks public input for Austin Community Lake

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments.

A draft plan for Austin Community Lake is available for public comment until Jan. 31. To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

MDC seeks info about poached bull elk found at Current River

SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is investigating a dead bull elk recently found along the Current River in Shannon County and asks the public to report any related information to the Department's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111.

According to MDC preliminary information, the elk appears to have been shot and the skull plate and antlers were removed with a chainsaw. The rest of the carcass was left intact.

MDC seeks public input for Austin Community Lake

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments.

A draft plan for Austin Community Lake is available for public comment until Jan. 31. To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

Eastern Douglas County fire unit gets national recognition

DRURY, Mo. – Fire safety and good food will be the focus of a special event to be held Saturday (Nov. 7) to recognize the Eastern Douglas County Volunteer Fire Department.

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