Ozark

2015 Texas County Towersites Area Management Plan

Cabool Towersite, Houston Towersite and Summersville Towersite are included in this plan.

MDC reminds hunters to be wary of sinkholes

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Because of the Ozarks' karst topography, this area is riddled with caves and sinkholes. Some sinkholes are hidden by heavy vegetation and, as evidenced by numerous incidents reported in the news in recent years, they can appear suddenly on a landscape.

As a safety precaution, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds hunters to be mindful of sinkholes as they travel through areas, particular during low-light times of day or in spots where vision is obstructed.

MDC encourages sending butternut tree seeds to state nursery

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Now is a great time to send butternut tree seeds to the state nursery, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). Ed Hovis, a MDC forestry resource technician, said butternut trees are somewhat rare in our area and they desperately need help. This is why he takes time on and off the job to find and collect butternut tree seeds and send them to the George O. White State Nursery.

The glade as an Ozarks treasure

WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- The Missouri Ozarks are special for many reasons, many of which are tied to the land. Native short-leafed pine trees swaying in the wind, steep and beautiful hills and hollows, crystal-clear rivers and our abundant wildlife are all aspects of the Ozarks that we love. Many of our wildlife species benefit from a special type of Ozark habitat: our glades.

MDC names Birch Tree man as Logger of the Year

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced Scott 'Greg' Stark of Birch Tree and owner of Stark Logging as the 2014 State Logger of the Year. Stark also received the Ozark Region Logger of the Year Award.

Stark Logging consists of the owner, Greg Stark, and employee Ron Kile.

MDC Resource Forester Gary Gognat nominated Stark based on the quality of his timber harvest operations and best business practices. Stark began his relationship with the MDC as a chain saw contractor doing Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) projects.

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, Aug. 30, 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.

Refuge at Peck Ranch Conservation Area to reopen

A little more than a month after flood damage forced a temporary closure, the refuge portion of the Peck Ranch Conservation Area is set to reopen to the public on August 15.

Flooding temporarily closes part of Peck Ranch Area

WINONA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has closed the refuge portion of the Peck Ranch Conservation Area until further notice due to road damage caused by recent flooding. This closure includes the elk viewing route.

Wildlife Biologist Preston Mabry, manager of Peck Ranch Conservation Area, said this puts a temporary halt on auto tours and other activities in the refuge. He said access is still allowed on approximately 12,000 acres outside the marked refuge fence.

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