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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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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 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 Education and Visitor Center

Columbia Bottom Education and Visitor Center

The Howard and Joyce Wood Education and Visitor Center at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Columbia Bottom Conservation Area.

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Columbia Bottom Road Damage From Flooding

Columbia Bottom Road Damage From Flooding

A half mile of asphalt road on Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is shown devastated by recent flooding when the area’s Missouri River levee was breached June 2.

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A permanent stone privy at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area was toppled from its base by flood waters that breached its Missouri River levee June 2. MDC officials estimate it may take months to repair all the damage to the area.

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Combs Lake Management Efforts

Combs Lake Management

Conservationists are seeing improvements in fish reproduction at Jerry P. Combs Lake, located on Little River Conservation Area (CA) near Kennett. After nearly 9,000 largemouth bass were stocked in the lake in fall of 2011, biologists are noticing natural reproduction of the fish.

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