June events at Twin Pines focus on harvesting natural skills

WINONA, Mo. -- School will soon dismiss for summer and the Twin Pines Conservation Education Center (CEC) has scheduled events to help children and adults discover nature. Melanie Carden-Jessen, the manager of Twin Pines CEC, said these programs are examples of how conservation improves Missourians’ quality of life.

Conservation Department urges state-wide vigilance to protect white-tailed deer

People won’t be hunting deer for several months, but they should still be vigilant for a disease that could severely impact Missouri’s deer population if it ever becomes widely established in this state.

MDC seeks public input during May on management of Peck Ranch

WINONA, Mo. -- As Peck Ranch Conservation Area (CA) nears its 70th year as a conservation area, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is seeking visitor input during the month of May to develop an area management plan to guide the next 10 years. This massive conservation area is one of nearly 1,000 conservation areas owned or managed by MDC. The state agency is in a multi-year process of updating management plans for its conservation areas and is inviting public comment.

Montauk to hold Kids' Fishing Day May 3

SALEM, Mo. – Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Montauk State Park’s Kids’ Fishing Day. This event will be held 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on May 3 at Montauk State Park. The event is being sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Bennett Spring to host Kids' Fishing Day on May 3


BENNETT SPRINGS, Mo. - Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Bennett Spring State Park’s Kids’ Fishing Day. This event will be held 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on May 3 at Bennett Spring State Park. The event is being sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources and other sponsors.

MDC offers prescribed fire workshop for landowners in Rolla

ROLLA, Mo. – Fire, when used in controlled and highly supervised conditions, can be beneficial land management tool.

Conservation Department hosts Ellington Landowner Elk Workshop

ELLINGTON, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) employs a variety of methods to help landowners promote wildlife habitat, including workshops where landowners and biologists meet and discuss options such as cost shares and what wildlife habitat really is. Landowners within Missouri’s Elk Restoration Zone are invited to attend an elk themed landowner workshop in Ellington at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Reynolds County Soil and Water Conservation District Office.

Ozark region reports lower harvest and violation numbers for 2013 firearms deer season

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – This year’s harvest during firearms deer season in the Missouri Ozarks decreased by 17% from last year, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Protection Regional Supervisor Gary Cravens said weather had a lot to do with the lower harvest numbers.

“The season began with unseasonable warm and windy conditions which affected deer movement and made hunting difficult,” Cravens said. “The second weekend of the season, wind and cold temperatures challenged hunters again with less than ideal hunting conditions.”

Conservation agents conduct archery compliance check

WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- Missouri conservation agents conducted an archery compliance check in Howell, Phelps, and Texas Counties over the Veteran’s Day weekend. The first portion of the Archery deer season ends this Friday.

Protection District Supervisor Jerry Elliott said this compliance check was very similar to checks the agents conduct at trout parks when they check all resource users. 

Business leaders reflect on economic, personal benefits of elk restoration

CARTER COUNTY, Mo. -- Business leaders from the Missouri Ozarks took an extensive tour of Missouri’s Elk Restoration Zone during the area’s prime elk-bugling season. According to Elk Program Manager David Hasenbeck, with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), approximately 20 community leaders recently viewed habitat and received an update on elk restoration efforts. The group saw 51 elk during the tour of MDC's Peck Ranch Conservation Area (CA), viewed habitat work on nearby private land and visited MDC's Current River CA.


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