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Discover nature with MDC Natural Events Calendar

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Discover nature every day, all year long, with the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) 2016 Natural Events Calendar – on sale now.

The annual offering features stunning nature photography and daily notes about wild happenings. This year's Natural Events Calendar also includes fascinating images and information on the life cycle of the monarch butterfly – an important pollinator of native plants and one facing loss of habitat.

MDC to hold vehicle and equipment auction Oct. 17 in Salem

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a public auction of various used Department vehicles and equipment on Saturday, Oct. 17, starting at 10 a.m. at its Salem Maintenance Center located at the junction of HWY 72 and HWY 32 in Salem.

The auction will feature vehicles, trailers, tractors, ATVs, UTVs, farm equipment, boats, outboard motors, shop equipment, office equipment, and other items.

MDC: Shorter days, cooler nights, and beautiful trees are on tap for fall

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— As the heat of summer fades into the cool weather of fall, trees and shrubs around the Show-Me State transform from leaves of green to a fall-foliage color palette of golds, reds, oranges, and purples. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to discover nature through fall-color excursions.

"People can travel anywhere in Missouri and find a variety of trees that show off a fantastic array of color in the fall," said MDC Resource Forester Cory Gregg.

Gregg explained that leaves turn colors when two things happen.

Badgley, Wilkinson receive MDC hunter education honors

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A strong commitment to preparing hunting enthusiasts for the outdoors and ongoing involvement in other conservation education efforts have earned statewide recognition for two Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff members. Kevin Badgley of Joplin is MDC's 2014 Staff Hunter Education Instructor of the Year and Jerid Wilkinson of Neosho is Conservation Agent Hunter Education Instructor of the Year.

MDC and CFM encourage deer hunters to Share the Harvest

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Many Missouri families can't afford to put high-quality, low-fat red meat on the dinner table. Deer hunters can help by sharing their harvests through Missouri's Share the Harvest program. The venison-donation program connects deer hunters with hungry Missourians through participating meat processors and local hunger-relief agencies around the state.

MDC offers National Hunting and Fishing Day events around Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish for more than half-a-million hunters and 1.1 million anglers. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians from all around the Show-Me State to join Americans nationwide in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 26.

MDC Waterfowl Reservations open until Sept. 18

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Waterfowl hunters have until Sept. 18 to apply online with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to hunt on 12 wetland areas intensively managed by MDC for waterfowl.

To apply and for more information on Waterfowl Reservations and hunting areas, visit MDC online at www.mdc.mo.gov under Waterfowl Reservations on the home page.

MDC seeking public input on changes for smallmouth and rock bass

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Smallmouth bass and rock bass -- also called goggle eye -- are very popular with anglers on Missouri's Ozark streams. However, research by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that both species grow slowly and that many do not reach a quality size before dying from natural causes or being caught by anglers.

MDC announces 2016 matching grant funds are available for fire departments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has announced that applications are being accepted through Oct. 30 for the 2016 Volunteer Fire Assistance Matching Grant Program.

In order to qualify, fire departments must serve a population of 10,000 or fewer and match every dollar they're granted. The maximum amount available is $3,000. If the fire department has a complete, MDC-approved Community Wildfire Protection Plan, it can access an additional $1,000 in matching funds.

Dick Vaught inducted into Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Conservation Commission recently inducted Richard "Dick" W. Vaught posthumously into the Conservation Hall of Fame on Aug. 21 at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City. The Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame honors deceased individuals who made significant contributions to the cause of conservation in Missouri during their lifetimes.

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