From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
October 2012 Issue

I Am Conservation

I am Conservation 10-2012“We are all very excited to have the elk back in Missouri, because it gives us the opportunity to explore wildlife on a new level,” says April Hayes (center), who, along with her husband, Derrick Hayes (left), their children, Cyrus, 8, and Prestyn, 4, and April Hayes’ sister, Michelle Backman (right) and her son, Harper, 6 months, recently went on an elk viewing trip to Peck Ranch Conservation Area. “The kids really enjoy driving down to Peck Ranch and participating in the adventure of trying to see the elk and hearing them bugle in the distance. Growing up in the Ozarks and Shannon County was a pleasure. As kids, we were able to appreciate the wonders of the outdoors and all it has to offer. Whether it was going to the river, hunting, fishing or just being outside, we always had fun and respected the area we lived in. Now that we have our own children, we are able to pass along that appreciation to them and continue that tradition of exploring the land and nature around us.” —Photo by David Stonner

Also in this issue

Boy Fishing

The Promise Continues

The Conservation Department was created by a citizen-led effort to restore and conserve Missouri’s forests, fish and wildlife 75 years ago. This article, the last in a 12-part series celebrating the anniversary, focuses on the future of conservation.

White Tailed Deer

Chronic Wasting Disease in Missouri

Disease management strategies for our white-tailed deer herd

75th Anniversary Photo Contest

Seven photos were selected out of 13,000 in this contest to celebrate Missourians’ love of nature and their ongoing role in supporting conservation.

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