By MDC | September 1, 2021
From Missouri Conservationist: September 2021

Letters to the Editor

Submissions reflect readers’ opinions and may be edited for length and clarity. Email or write to us:

Missouri Conservationist
PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Pick An Adventure

I just finished reading the July Conservationist and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Pick an Outdoor Adventure. It was wonderful. I feel like I truly had an adventure and never left my home.

Hazel Bledsoe, California

Missouri’s Least Wanted

When I understood how bad Callery pear trees are for our area, I scheduled to have mine removed. Then I saw Missouri’s Least Wanted [Page 8] in the April issue. I laminated it and posted it by the tree for a few weeks before it was cut down. People stopped, read it, and asked me about it, wanting to know what I was going to plant instead (a lovely little serviceberry). I know of at least one neighbor who decided to get rid of their tree as well. And others are working on their bush honeysuckle removal now.

I’m so glad I did that rather than just chopping it down, leaving people to wonder why I got rid of that big blooming tree. Thanks so much for helping me educate my neighbors.

Sarah Whitney, via email

To learn more about Callery pear trees, bush honeysuckle, or other invasive and nuisance species and what you can do to help stop their spread, visit —THE EDITORS

Loyal Readers

My parents lived in Missouri since 1998 and received the Missouri Conservationist for many years. They shared their copy with me, a state away, once they had read it. It’s one of the few magazines I still take the time to sit down and read.

I appreciate it for being a conservation magazine that includes hunting as one of the things covered, just not the main thing. It gives a much more rounded approach to Missouri’s nature resources.

Due to advancing age, my dad has moved to Kansas to live with us, but one of the things he insisted on is that he still receive his monthly copy of the Missouri Conservationist. I explained he would have to pay for it now, but that wasn’t an issue; he still wanted to receive it.

We will both be happy to continue receiving your great magazine.

Dave Fairchild, Shawnee, Kansas

Start ‘Em Young

My granddaughter loves the outdoors and all critters. She receives Xplor and enjoys it with her sister and brother. Thanks for making a magazine for them so they can learn about nature and how to respect it.

Sheri Dawkins, Ludlow

To learn more about Xplor magazine or to subscribe, visit —The Editors

Love for Missouri

I didn’t grow up in Missouri, but now have lived here 17 years. I’m genuinely impressed with the state and honored to call it home. You are part of its greatness. Your bulletins, magazines, educational programming, everything is phenomenal! Thank you for all you do to guard and care for our state’s abundant natural resources and beauty.

Liesl McDowell, St. Louis

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This Issue's Staff

Stephanie Thurber

Angie Daly Morfeld

Larry Archer

Cliff White

Bonnie Chasteen
Kristie Hilgedick
Joe Jerek

Shawn Carey
Marci Porter

Noppadol Paothong
David Stonner

Laura Scheuler