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.

MDC offers food plot workshop Aug. 28 in Alton

ALTON, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the University of Missouri Extension-Oregon County will host a food plot workshop, Friday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. The free workshop will be held at the FEMA building located on the Alton school campus.

"Now is the perfect time to plan and implement a wildlife food plot," said Marcus Asher, an MDC private land conservationist. "There's a lot of interest in improving wildlife habitat and using food plots to attract wildlife and this workshop will focus on how to do that."

MDC staff forced to euthanize nuisance black bear in Christian County

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Mo. – On Monday, July 20, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff had the unfortunate responsibility of humanely euthanizing a 250-pound, healthy, adult, male black bear that had become an ongoing nuisance and threat to a homeowner in Christian County -- because someone in the area had been feeding the animal.


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