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MDC awards new state champion black hickory tree in St. Louis area

St. Louis, Mo. — As autumn's hidden colors of yellow, red, orange, and purple begin to emerge, autumn is the perfect time to turn our attention to trees. The State Champion Tree Program administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recognizes Missouri's largest native trees by species.

MDC has recently added another tree in the St. Louis area to that distinguished list: a black hickory on private land in Jefferson County. The tree is 78 inches in circumference at 4.5 feet off the ground, 55 feet tall and has a crown of 35 feet wide.

MDC to hold prescribed burn workshop Nov. 7 in Union

UNION, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a prescribed burn workshop, followed by a demonstration burn, on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the East Central College Training Center, 1964 Prairie Dell Road in Union.

This free public workshop is part of MDC's commitment to work with landowners interested in how to safely use prescribed fire to enhance natural communities. It is for anyone interested in learning how to properly utilize controlled burns for the management of grasslands, prairies, woodlands, glades on their land.

Missouri Stream Team helps sponsor River des Peres Trash Bash Oct. 24

St. LOUIS, Mo. – Missouri Stream Team will be pitching in to help put on the thirteenth-annual River des Peres Trash Bash Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Their goal is to enhance neighborhoods by helping to improve water quality in the area. Along with Stream Team, four other sponsors are partnering to put on the family friendly event. They include the Great Rivers Greenway District (GRG), the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and the City of St. Louis.

Zombies are Back! — MDC offers unique outdoor survival program

St. Charles, Mo. — It seems you just can't keep a good zombie down. After last year's enormous success, Survival Skills 101: Zombies! returns to the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles.

What if there was a zombie apocalypse? Would you be ready? Do you have the skills to survive? Or what if you just found yourself having to spend an unplanned night in the outdoors someday? Either way, MDC naturalist staff can prepare you.

MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center to host Explore the Outdoors event Oct. 24

Kirkwood, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) are partnering to bring a special event to the St. Louis area. "Explore the Outdoors" will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the nature center. This regional event will help acquaint St. Louis residents with outdoor opportunities in the area.

MDC seeks ideas about future management of Bootleg Access

Potosi, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments. Bootleg Access in Washington County is among the areas under review.

MDC teams up with St. Charles City-County Library Foundation for Storybook Walk

Wentzville, Mo. — Getting kids outdoors is not only a great way to help them discover nature; it can be a great way to help them discover reading too.

MDC seeks ideas about future management of Hughes Mountain Natural Area

Potosi, Mo.—The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments. Hughes Mountain Natural Area in Washington County is among the areas under review. 

MDC seeks ideas about future management of the Upper Mississippi Conservation Area

West Alton, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments.

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