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channel catfish

channel catfish

More than 85,000 channel catfish were stocked in community lakes this week by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The autumn stocking of young catfish reared in MDC’s Lost Valley Hatchery gives the fish a chance to grow during winter and be ready for anglers when spring raises fishing fevers.

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Draft plans for the Charlie Heath Conservation Area (CA) in Clark County will be

Charlie Heath Memorial Conservation Area

Draft plans for the Charlie Heath Conservation Area (CA) in Clark County will be available for public comment Sept.1-30. To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit http://mdc.mo.gov/about-us/conservation-area-management-plans. .

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painting of brown-and-black fish swimming in blue water

Checkered Madtom Postcard

Eighth-grader Katie Heflin of Heflin Homeschool in St. Peters won first place in the 7-8th-grade category for the 2011 Missouri Endangered Species Postcard Contest.

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Columbia Bottom

Columbia Bottom

MDC is seeking public input about future management of Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in St. Louis County. Those interested in viewing and commenting on the area's 10-year management plan are invited to share their ideas at mdc.mo.gov/areaplans by Sept. 30.

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Columbia Bottom Barn

Columbia Bottom Barn

This old barn once stood at the present location of the Columbia Bottom Visitor Center before its deconstruction. Some of the original wood from the barn was used in building the current visitor center.

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Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

The levee on Columbia Bottom Conservation Area was overtopped in 2013 causing the area to flood. MDC is closing Columbia Bottom today due to forecasted high river crests.

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