From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
January 1999 Issue

Back Cover


St. Francis Crayfish

The St. Francis crayfish lives only in tributaries of the St. Francis River in St. Francois, Iron, Madison and Wayne counties of Missouri. Because of its small home range, this species is extremely vulnerable to extinction from pollution and other threats. Researchers from the Conservation Department and the University of Missouri are studying this species' biology, distribution and habitat. The St. Francis River crayfish faces competition from a more aggressive, introduced species of crayfish, which has already displaced it from most of one stream, Stouts Creek. -- Jim Rathert

Also in this issue

1999 Wildlife Code Changes

Each year the Conservation Department's Regulations Committee reviews all of the rules in the Wildlife Code of Missouri to determine whether the existing regulations continue to sustain the state's fish, forest and wildlife resources with the least amount of regimentation and inconvenience to the public. When needs are identified, rule changes are recommended to the Conservation Commission for approval.

Dearest Gypsy

A love affair with a wood strip dreamboat.

The Big Chew

These outsized rodents keep a toothy grip on Missouri.

Who Needs Cliffs?

The once-rare peregrine takes to Missouri skyscrapers.

Wildlife Friendly Farmland

We'll help you improve your land for crops and wild critters.

Annual Report Fiscal Year 1997–1998

A Summary of the Missouri Department of Conservation's Annual Report.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Assistant Editor - Charlotte Overby
Managing Editor - Jim Auckley
Art Editor - Dickson Stauffer
Designer - Tracy Ritter
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Composition - Libby Bode Block
Circulation - Bertha Bainer