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Gerald Smith promoted to MDC Protection Regional Supervisor for Missouri Ozarks

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 22, 2017

Smith replaces Gary Cravens, who recently retired after 41 years of service to conservation.

Gerald Smith

Peck Ranch CA closed intermittently for managed deer hunts, firearms deer season

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 22, 2017

Area closed Oct. 14-15, Oct. 21-23, and Dec. 9-10 for managed hunts and during firearms deer season, Nov. 11-21.

Pine Trees at Peck Ranch

Some MDC accesses remain closed due to flood damage

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 18, 2017

Progress being made in re-opening flood-damaged accesses, but work still remains.

Jerome Access Flood Damage

MDC and partners host Family Farm and Forest Landowner Field Day Sept. 30

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 14, 2017

Bring the kids for fishing, stream science and hay rides

Crystal Creek Ranch

MDC to host 80th anniversary open house Oct. 12 at Twin Pines with pie supper and film

News from the region

Ozark
Sep 14, 2017

Attendees are encouraged to give feedback on local conservation issues.

Twin Pines

MDC works with partners to open multi-use trails at Gist Ranch Conservation Area

News from the region

Ozark
Aug 10, 2017

The multi-use trails will welcome horseback riders, bicyclists and hikers.

Gist Ranch Conservation Area

Bring more deer, wild turkeys, quail, collared lizards to your property

News from the region

Southeast
Ozark
Aug 10, 2017

MDC, USDA, NRCS partner to help fund habitat improvement costs on private land.

Collared Lizard resting on a glade.

Kids' Fishing Day scheduled for Montauk State Park

News from the region

Ozark
Jul 25, 2017

Anglers ages 15 and under can fish for trout at Aug. 12 event put on by MDC and DNR.

Little boy fishing.

MDC offers free Discover Nature Fishing events in West Plains, Rolla, Winona

News from the region

Ozark
Jul 20, 2017

These events are geared toward youth ages 7 to 15 and focus on teaching fishing skills.

Little girl holding up a fish she caught.

MDC's Discover Nature Fishing teaches fun of fishing

News from the region

Ozark
Jul 12, 2017

Free classes coming up at MDC's Ozark Regional Office in West Plains.

Family fishing.

MDC: Public input sought for Sand Pond Conservation Area

News from the region

Ozark
Jul 05, 2017

The Sand Pond CA management plan is open for public review until July 31.

Swampy area of Sand Pond CA.

MDC's Discover Nature Fishing teaches fishing fundamentals

News from the region

Ozark
Jun 16, 2017

Free classes coming up at MDC's Ozark Regional Office in West Plains.

Discover Nature Fishing Instruction

Discover Nature with story time, frog gigging and canning in June

News from the region

Ozark
Jun 09, 2017

Nature programs are available at Twin Pines and West Plains.

smiling boy with caught bullfrog

Celebrate Great Missouri Birding Trail in Rolla May 12

News from the region

Central
Ozark
Southeast
Southwest
May 10, 2017

MDC and Missouri Bird Conservation Foundation invite birders and others to FREE birding event.

Great Missouri Birding Trail logo

Get a taste for fishing at Twin Pines Family Fishing Day May 6

News from the region

Ozark
Apr 21, 2017

MDC naturalist recalls no-so-tasty bait in early fishing experience.

Fishing at Twin Pines

Kids' Fishing Day scheduled for Montauk State Park

News from the region

Ozark
Apr 20, 2017

Anglers age 15 and under can fish for trout for free at May 6 event.

girl with trout

Celebrate Great Missouri Birding Trail at Audubon Trails Nature Center

News from the region

Ozark
Apr 20, 2017

MDC and Missouri Bird Conservation Foundation invite birders and others to this special event.

Great Missouri Birding Trail logo

Twin Pines reopens with Heritage Day celebration April 1

News from the region

Ozark
Mar 24, 2017

The center will maintain regular open hours from April 1 to November 30.

Twin Pines outdoor image of building and sign

MDC: Public input sought for Angeline Conservation Area

News from the region

Ozark
Mar 02, 2017

The management plan is open for public review until March 31.

Angeline CA

MDC holds pond workshops for landowners in Ripley, Oregon counties

News from the region

Ozark
Feb 23, 2017

Pond workshops help landowners learn to manage fish habitat, populations.

Lilly pads on a pond.

MDC seeks public input on plan for Patrick Bridge Access

News from the region

Ozark
Jan 27, 2017

Citizens can comment on area's management plan Feb. 1-28.

Patrick Bridge Access

MDC offers fish gigging clinic Jan. 14 for Oregon County

News from the region

Ozark
Dec 13, 2016

MDC will host Introduction to Fish Gigging in Oregon County, Saturday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Someone gigging fish from the front of a boat at night.

Shannon County conservation agent excited about new job

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 21, 2016

Zack Swindle carrying on family tradition of working in legal profession.

Conservation Agent Zach Swindle

Get your Twin Pines nature fix before seasonal hours transition

News from the region

Ozark
Nov 02, 2016

November programs include Little Stinkers, Nature Nuts Wild Game Cooking and Nature’s Ornaments.

Twin Pines Conservation Education Center

Fall colors and elk bugles provide autumn feast for the senses

News from the region

Ozark
Oct 28, 2016

Elk bugles and autumn colors combine for a spectacular Ozarks production.

Elk in the field at Peck Ranch Conservation Area.

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MDC Media Staff

Lucas Bond
(Statewide)
Lucas.Bond@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
Candice Davis
(Ozark), (Southeast)
Candice.Davis@mdc.mo.gov
Southeast Regional Office
573-290-5730
Bill Graham
(Kansas City), (Northwest)
Bill.Graham@mdc.mo.gov
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
816-759-7305
Robert Hemmelgarn
(Central), (Northeast)
Robert.Hemmelgarn@mdc.mo.gov
Central Regional Office and Conservation Research Center
(573) 815-7900
Kristie Hilgedick
(Statewide)
Kristie.Hilgedick@mdc.mo.gov
Conservation Headquarters
(573) 751-4115
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