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MDC closes St. Joseph and Chillicothe offices to the public due to rising COVID-19 concerns

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 15, 2020

Staff can still answer phone calls and do no-contact sales of Nature Events Calendars

St. Joseph Regional Headquarters sign

MDC welcomes winter trout anglers at two St. Joseph lakes

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 10, 2020

Catch-and-release trout season provides winter angling opportunity

Trout in hand

MDC and Missouri Western dedicate prairie restoration

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 10, 2020

Project provides a native grassland in St. Joseph for enjoyment and education

John Rushin and Mark Mills

MDC provides drop-off sites in northwest region to aid hunters in voluntary CWD testing

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 02, 2020
Hunters can have deer tested for CWD for free by following procedures
voluntary CWD drop-off testing station

MDC and Trenton High School students partner for pollinators

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 29, 2020

Native wildflowers and grasses planted at the high school

Trenton High School students plant wildflowers for pollinators

MDC to host 34th annual Poosey Conservation Area fall tour Oct. 18

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 06, 2020

Enjoy autumn color with backwoods driving through Poosey's varied ecology

Horseback ride through Poosey

MDC offers free autumn Discover Nature—Fishing lessons in northwest Missouri

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 24, 2020

Participants will learn fishing techniques and go fishing with instructor help

MDC staff help a mother and daughter bait a fishing hook

MDC re-opens St. Joseph and Chillicothe office buildings

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 03, 2020
Buildings were closed as COVID-19 precautions
MDC color logo

MDC celebrates National Trails Day June 6

News from the region

Northwest
Jun 01, 2020

MDC offers options for hikers on conservation areas in northwest Missouri

Tree at Bluffwoods

MDC says new crappie regulation at Smithville Lake showing good results

News from the region

Northwest
Apr 22, 2020

Anglers are reminded the lake has special crappie length and creel regulations

black and white crappie

MDC cancels April 23 Arbor Day event in St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Mar 20, 2020

Event at MDC Northwest Regional Office cancelled due to coronavirus precautions

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MDC offers nature's version of March Madness on March 26 in St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Mar 16, 2020

UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.

A cedar waxwing bird on a tree branch.

Prairie-chicken viewing offered this spring at Dunn Ranch Prairie

News from the region

Northwest
Feb 24, 2020
UPDATE: MDC HAS CANCELLED THIS PROGRAM TO HELP PROTECT THE PUBLIC AMID ONGOING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONCERNS.
three prairie chickens in cornfield

MDC partners with Missouri Western on a prairie restoration in St. Joseph

News from the region

Northwest
Feb 21, 2020
Project will provide a native grassland habitat for research, enjoyment, and education
grassland restoration

MDC to host free waterfowl season workshops in northwest Missouri

News from the region

Northwest
Feb 03, 2020

Hunters can provide input about future seasons on Feb. 18 in St. Joseph and on Feb. 19 in Chillicothe

A waterfowl hunter walks in a wetland.

MDC offers free prescribed fire workshop Feb. 7 in Trenton

News from the region

Northwest
Jan 23, 2020

Learn how to use carefully planned fire as a management tool for forage and wildlife habitat

An MDC employee manages a prescribed burn.

Young hunters are carrying quail hunting traditions forward

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 23, 2019
Hunters can take advantage of MDC's Quail Emphasis Areas
quail hunter with dog

MDC assigns new agent to Atchison County

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 20, 2019

Kyle Dick will help protect forest, fish, and wildlife resources in Northwest Missouri

Kyle Dick

MDC assigns new conservation agent for Mercer County

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 19, 2019

Benjamin Bardot will help protect forest, fish, and wildlife resources in northwest Missouri

Benjamin Bardot

MDC names Bryan Gragg as regional administrator in Northwest Region

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 19, 2019

Gragg will lead regional operations to deliver on conservation strategic priorities and performance measures

Bryan Gragg

MDC assigns new conservation agent to Linn County

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 19, 2019
Griffin Surtin will help protect forest, fish, and wildlife resources in northwest Missouri
Conservation Agent Griffin Surtin

MDC offers free fly-tying classes in St. Joseph during January

News from the region

Northwest
Dec 09, 2019

Participants will learn how to tie lures for trout and panfish

Hand-tied flies for catching trout and panfish.

Raptors and waterfowl featured at Eagle Days Dec. 7-8 at Loess Bluffs

News from the region

Northwest
Nov 25, 2019

MDC assists wildlife refuge with 41st annual Eagle Days

A bald eagle perched on a tree branch.

Catch-and-release winter trout fishing season underway in Sedalia and St. Joseph

News from the region

Kansas City
Northwest
Nov 15, 2019
MDC stocks trout for winter fishing, anglers may catch and keep after Feb. 1
releasing a rainbow trout

MDC hosted Poosey Conservation Area fall driving tour on Oct. 20

News from the region

Northwest
Oct 22, 2019

Visitors came on horseback, wagon, ATV, cars and trucks

A group of people enjoy fall colors while taking a driving tour through Poosey Conservation Area.

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Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Josh Hartwig
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Josh.hartwig@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Joe Jerek
(Statewide)
Joe.Jerek@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
573-522-4115
Jill Pritchard
(Statewide)
Jill.Pritchard@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Francis Skalicky
(Southwest)
Francis.Skalicky@mdc.mo.gov
Southwest Regional Office
417-895-6880
Dan Zarlenga
(St. Louis)
Dan.Zarlenga@mdc.mo.gov
St. Louis Regional Office
636-441-4554