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.

MDC names Robert Neal of Winona Ozark Regional Logger of the Year

WINONA, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has named Robert Neal of Winona as the Ozark Regional Logger of the Year. Neal's consistent use of best management practices, dedication to sustainable forest management, wise use of forest products, and minimal residual damage are well-known throughout the forest management community and private landowners in the Missouri Ozarks.

MDC: Twin Pines Education Center seeks volunteers

WINONA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Twin Pines Education Center (EC) in Winona is looking for volunteers to lead naturalist programs, teach hunter education and fishing and deliver conservation programs. Manager Skyler Bockman said volunteers can take part in activities that match their interests, skills and schedule.

"We have a small staff here at the center and we're rooted in the community," Bockman said. "We're looking for others in our community that are knowledgeable about nature and love to share that knowledge with others."

MDC offers cable-restraint-certification class in West Plains

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Cable-restraint devices are effective tools for catching furbearers (primarily coyotes) during Missouri's trapping season. Their non-lethal design also provides a benefit to trappers in instances where non-target species are caught accidentally and need to be released.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a cable-restraint trapping-certification class from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 18 at MDC's Ozark Regional Office in West Plains, 551 Joe Jones Blvd.

MDC hosts Effective Wing Shooting Clinic in West Plains

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces an Effective Wing Shooting Clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at the MDC's West Plains Regional Office at 551 Joe Jones Boulevard.

Larry Lindeman, an MDC outdoor skills specialist, said the clinic is designed for experienced shotgun shooters and is not appropriate for beginners.

Agencies work together to host Family Farm and Forest Landowner Field Day near Eminence

EMINENCE, Mo. -- A Family Farm and Forest Landowner Field Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crystal Creek Ranch, located west of Eminence. The event is free and open to the public with family-friendly activities and a free BBQ lunch. The purpose of the event is to show landowners how to support the health and wealth of family farms and forests.


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