July 2010

Endangered fish helps local bridge project

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A rare fish in need of better habitat and a Dallas County road in need of a better bridge have become entwined in a unique project that will benefit both. More

Conservation Fair Building Celebrates Anniversary

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Since it opened its doors in 1960, the Conservation building at the Ozark Empire Fair has become a popular stop. That half-century of popularity will be honored in a special ceremony on the opening day of this year’s fair. More

Hummingbird Celebration to be held at Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

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It’s time for the annual Hummingbird Celebration at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center on Saturday, August 21. More

It's raining records!

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Closing the Missouri River to commercial harvest of catfish is paying hefty dividends. More

UPDATE - St. Louis area angler catches 130-pound blue catfish, breaks state and world records

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Greg Bernal with 130-pound blue catfish
It’s not every day you go out to fish on the waters of the Missouri River and come back swimming in a media frenzy. Of course it could happen if, like Greg Bernal, you manage to topple a Missouri state — and quite probably a world —record. More

Ozark Regional Award Goes to Winona Logger

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Logger of the Year - Ozark Region
The Missouri Department of Conservation recently named Woody Haynes of Winona as the Ozark Regional Logger of the Year for 2010. More

New division chiefs named for MDC

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New MDC Division Chiefs
Six staff promoted to key leadership positions as a result of retirements. More

Florissant angler nets new official state record blue catfish, with world record pending

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Greg Bernal with 130-pound blue catfish
New state pole-and-line record blue catfish caught, world record probable. More

MDC funds will help rural fire departments

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Missouri rural fire departments are receiving checks from the MDC Forestry Division through July and August as part of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Fire Department Matching Grant Program. More

Zebra mussels found at Smithville Lake, treatment pending

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Clay County Parks, the City of Smithville, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Conservation Department working to monitor lake and contain spread of this invasive species. More

Conservation Agents Conduct Large Wildlife Violation Investigation in the Ozarks

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Photo of Ozark Wildlife Code violations.
A large investigation involving illegal commercialization of wildlife and wildlife parts was brought to a close this weekend where the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) documented a total of 299 serious violations in seven counties across southern Missouri. More

Catfish anglers can collect cash for reporting tagged fish

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Few people fish for money, but Missouri catfish anglers don’t have to turn pro to collect cash rewards. More