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MDC adds Farmington’s Giessing Lake to trout stocking program

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces it has added Farmington's Giessing Lake to its trout stocking program. Farmington city officials are working with MDC to purchase and stock rainbow trout in the city's lake. In the southeast region, MDC also stocks trout at Rotary Lake in Jackson.

Pryor named new conservation agent for Butler County

BUTLER COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has named Caleb Pryor as the new conservation agent for Butler County. Pryor is among eight new agents of the Department's agent graduate class of 2015.

A Northeast Missouri native, Pryor graduated high school from Kirksville in 2009 and received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Missouri Western State University in 2014.

An avid outdoorsman, Pryor enjoys running coon hounds, beagles and waterfowl hunting. He also enjoys traveling and hiking with his fiancée.

MDC’s Cape Nature Center hosts Fall Festival Oct. 17

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Discover nature through fall family fun on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center. All ages are invited to the Center's Fall Festival from 4 to 7:30 p.m. to learn about Missouri's "clean-up" crew.

"We'll meet the misunderstood turkey vulture in live bird presentations and take a stroll to discover more about wild scavengers on naturalist-led hikes," said Nature Center Naturalist Jordi Brostoski.

MDC fills conservation agent position in Reynolds County

REYNOLDS COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has appointed Kaleb Neece as a new conservation agent for Reynolds County. A recent graduate of the Department's Conservation Agent Training class of 2015, Neece will work alongside Eric Long.

Neece attended Southeast Missouri State University and earned a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Conservation and Criminal Justice with the emphasis in Law Enforcement. He started working for MDC in 2011 as an hourly employee for the natural history biologist in Cape Girardeau.

MDC: Cape Nature Center seeks new volunteers

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center is hosting a Volunteer Open House on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. Jamie Koehler, the assistant manager of the center, said the event will include a tour of the center and an opportunity to hear from current nature center volunteers.

Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid counties pilot Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Scott, Mississippi and New Madrid counties in southeast Missouri are piloting the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP), which offers incentives to landowners who agree to provide public recreational access on their private land.

Public input sought for Pickle Springs Conservation Area

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans, and is seeking public input on how the Pickle Springs Conservation Area (CA) is important to Missourians.

MDC land acquisitions in Pemiscot County mean more public use opportunities

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has purchased 4,278 acres as an addition to the Stephen C. Bradford Unit of Black Island Conservation Area (CA) in Pemiscot County. The land also adjoins the Wolf Bayou Unit of the area on the northwest side.

According to Pemiscot County Conservation Agent Brian Shelton, the land was purchased to create more opportunity for public use and to improve connectivity of the areas alongside the Mississippi River.

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