From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
May 2012 Issue

I Am Conservation

In September 2011, a dedication ceremony was held for a donation of nearly 1,000 acres in Clinton County. Thomas F. McGee Jr., deceased, donated the land to be preserved as a natural area and enjoyed by the public. A few of McGee’s relatives who attended the dedication are pictured above: Thomas R. McGee, Lucy Cook, Molly McGee, Amy Shields and Sheila Lillis. “My brother Tommy always loved nature, so this land was a special place for him,” says McGee’s sister Molly. “He didn’t want the land to be developed, but to be saved so that others could enjoy this area as he did. He was so impressed with the Missouri Department of Conservation that he entrusted them with this place that was so important to him. I am so proud to have my family’s name on this property. I hope it is enjoyed by many people for years to come, as Tommy envisioned.”

—Photo by David Stonner

Also in this issue

Conserving Public Lands

Conserving Public Lands

MDC is celebrating the 75th anniversary of putting the state’s citizen-led conservation efforts into action. In this issue, we highlight MDC’s conservation areas and the Department’s other public land stewardship efforts that benefit the state’s people and wildlife.

Destination Discovery

Destination Discovery

Family nature outings in your own neighborhood.

Oak tree

Troubled Trees

Diagnosing and managing urban tree stress

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler