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.

Workshop to focus on livestock benefits of native grasses

MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. – Management of native grasslands doesn't only benefit the wild creatures that utilize the habitat – it often helps domestic ones, too.

Livestock owners and farm operators can learn more about how native plants have both grazing and habitat benefits at a landowner field day from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Missouri State University's Journagan Ranch near Mountain Grove in Douglas County. This free event is a cooperative effort of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri State University (MSU).

MDC: Public libraries provide loaner fishing equipment

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Public libraries in several communities in the Missouri Ozarks have partnered with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to make fishing more accessible through MDC's Rod and Reel Loaner Program.

"Much like you would go check out a book at the library, now you can go check out fishing equipment and get started enjoying the outdoors as you fish with your family and friends," said MDC Angler Education Assistant Kathleen Wolf.

Jeremy Edwards named new conservation agent for Shannon County

SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has named Jeremy Edwards as the new conservation agent for Shannon County. Edwards is among eight new agents of the Department's agent graduate class of 2015.

New Wright County conservation agent on familiar turf

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – When Justin Emery started his job as Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) agent for Wright County on Oct. 1, he began patrolling familiar territory. Emery's newly assigned county is in the heart of the part of the state he's known since childhood.

He grew up in Vanzant in nearby Douglas County and graduated from Cabool High School in Texas County. Emery replaces Keith Wollard, who transferred to fill a conservation agent vacancy in Polk County.

MDC seeking public input on changes for smallmouth and rock bass

VAN BUREN, Mo. – Smallmouth bass and rock bass -- also called goggle eye -- are very popular with anglers on Missouri's Ozark streams. However, research by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that both species grow slowly and that many do not reach a quality size before dying from natural causes or being caught by anglers.


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