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Ann Koenig accepts the Forest Conservationist of the Year Award

Ann Koenig, Forest Conservationist of the Year

Ann Koenig received the her award from Bass Pro Shops' David Smith, right, and Conservation Federation Executive Director Brandon Butler, left.

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Annual Confluence Trash Bash Participants

Annual Confluence Trash Bash Participants

Annual Confluence Trash Bash Participants

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Antler Retrieving Dog

Antler Retrieving Dog

Mossy gives a single white-tail deer antler to trainer Carla Long. The five-month-old Lab is well on the way to being a successful hunting companion for those who enjoy finding shed antlers.

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Hunter with antlerless deer

Antlerless Deer Harvest

Hunter with an antlerless deer.

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A young child expresses Excitement at seeing a caterpillar

April Kids in Nature Photo Contest Winner

Rebecca Bunn took this photo of her two-year-old daughter, Nora, expressing excitement over a caterpillar found in their backyard in Hillsboro, Missouri. Nora’s brother, Carter, looks on. “The caterpillars were a daily nature study for our family in the spring,” said Bunn. “We enjoy exploring the wonders of our backyard, watching birds at birdfeeders, finding turtles under bushes and listening to woodpeckers pound away on trees. I love sharing nature with my kids, especially at this age. Through their eyes, I really appreciate how something so simple can inspire such awe and inspiration.”

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arbor day 2011 postser winner

Arbor Day 2011 Poster Winner

Leah Pieper presented Gov. Jay Nixon with a copy of her winning Arbor Day poster at a recent Arbor Day proclamation ceremony at the State capitol. Pictured l-r: MDC Forestry Division Chief Lisa Allen, Conservation Commissioner Chip McGeehan, Leah’s mother Suzanne Pieper, Leah Pieper, Conservation Commissioner Don Bedell, Governor Nixon, Leah’s father Mark Pieper, Conservation Commissioners Becky Plattner and Don Johnson and MDC Director Bob Ziehmer.

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Arborist Ryan Russell goes out on a limb to keep trees healthy.

Arborist Ryan Russel has a Wild Job

Arborist Ryan Russell has a wild job.  He climbs trees for a living.

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