MDC News Archives

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Sedalia, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments. A draft plan for grassland conservation lands in the Sedalia and Cole Camp areas will be available for public comment April 1 through April 30.

To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.

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GALENA, Mo. – For more than a quarter-century, John and Connie Johnson have worked to improve the forests on their 850-acre Horsecreek Tree Farm near Galena. Their commitment to forest management has earned them the American Forest Foundation’s Silver Tree Farm Certificate.

The Silver Tree Farm Certificate recognizes 25 years of outstanding membership in the Missouri Tree Farm Program as well as having managed their land in accordance with proper forest management practices approved by the Missouri Tree Farm committee and the American Forest Foundation.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – James Civiello’s and Craig Fuller’s long-time dedication to improving the state’s fishing opportunities and aquatic resources, and Dwayne Bowden’s work with hunter education, have earned the three southwest Missouri individuals recognition from the Conservation Federation of Missouri.

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St. Charles, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) annual Wetlands for Kids Day is Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. Visitors to the event should be aware that the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will be doing work on I-64 that will affect access to the event for motorists using that route, and that they may need to consider an alternative.

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Odessa, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free workshop on land management practices that benefit wildlife, waterways, and farm operations 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at St. George Catholic Parish Hall, 706 S. Third St., in Odessa.

This workshop will offer tips for farmers or for those who own property devoted to hunting and fishing opportunities. Topics covered will include:

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Gilman City, Mo. – A black maple tree in rural northwest Missouri has joined a list of giants. The black maple growing in a field edge in southeastern Harrison County recently qualified for the list of Missouri State Champion Trees.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) keeps a list of champions to celebrate the beauty and economic benefits trees provide in forests, fields, and lawns. Trees are chosen by a formula that takes into account trunk circumference, height, and crown spread.

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Special places that help clean water, reduce flooding, and provide homes to fascinating plants and animals are worth celebrating. They can be a lot of fun too.

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Clinton, Mo. – Wildfires that authorities believe were set by arsonists caused damage and danger in Henry and St. Clair counties in recent weeks, said Josh Shroyer, a Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) resource forester based in Clinton. MDC helps community fire departments battle wildfires. In the past week, 20 fires suspected to have been caused by arson have occurred on public and private land near the Harry S Truman Reservoir in Henry County, Shroyer said.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Discover nature and get ready for spring turkey season at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Runge Conservation Nature Center’s program, "Intro to Turkey Hunting," from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on March 29. This program is free and open to all ages, but registration by March 27 is required.

MDC staff will cover wild turkey biology, proper clothing to wear while turkey hunting, scouting, methods of hunting, and tips for a safe and successful turkey hunt.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Discover nature and learn more about eagles, owls, and falcons at Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Runge Nature Center’s Wings over Water watershed education program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 24.

Staff from the World Bird Sanctuary will tell the story of these amazing birds, and fly them over the audience, dramatically illustrating the importance of protecting the birds, their habitat, and Missouri’s water resources. The program is free and open to the public.

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St. Louis, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is helping to sponsor one of the largest litter clean-ups in the St. Louis area—the 6th Annual Confluence Trash Bash. The event is happening tomorrow, Saturday, March 15, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Volunteers are needed to help clean up rivers and creeks that lie within the Confluence Greenway. Past cleanup efforts have drawn over a thousand volunteers who have removed 5,000 tires and more than 61 tons of trash and scrap from area streams and rivers.

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Ozark Gateway Fire Chiefs Association recognized with proclamation at Missouri Conservation Commission March meeting in Branson.
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JEFFERSON CITY–Governor Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon has nominated J. Kent Emison, D-Higginsville, to serve on the Missouri Conservation Commission.

Emison is a partner at the Lexington law firm of Langdon & Emison. Raised on a dairy farm in Lafayette County, he and his wife own 80 acres in Lafayette County, 20 of which are devoted to quail habitat. He has been a member of the Higginsville Park Board for more than 25 years.