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MDC offers candlelit wood walk Dec. 14 in Cape Girardeau

News from the region

Southeast
Dec 06, 2018
No registration is needed for this nighttime nature experience.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center Trails

MDC: Duck Creek CA enters final phase of Golden Anniversary Wetlands Initiative

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 29, 2018
Construction on the area will begin Dec. 3.
Mallards in flight and on pond at Duck Creek

Coon Island CA waterfowl hunters can expect great marsh habitat, no flooded timber this year

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 20, 2018

Keeping timber units dry will protect the new generation of red oak seedlings.

Coon Island Conservation Area sign

MDC invites community planners to special workshops

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 15, 2018
City and county planners can learn how conservation can benefit urban landscapes
native plants in landscaping plans

Wetland managers share tips as duck season approaches

News from the region

Southeast
Nov 01, 2018
Available hunting locations depend on rain and tree dormancy, but local habitat conditions are good.
duck hunter in camo

MDC foresters say southeast Missouri fall color is crawling in

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 23, 2018

Some yellow hues appeared early while many trees are still green.

Beautiful yellow foliage

MDC stocks trout in southeast Missouri lakes as winter trout season approaches

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 16, 2018
Trout will arrive in Jackson, Perryville and Farmington lakes before the Nov. 1 opener.
rainbow trout in hand

MDC’s Cape Nature Center hosts Fall Festival Oct. 20

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 12, 2018
Live animal presentations and a crackling fire promise fun family time.
2 persimmons on maple leaf.

MDC invites public to meeting on CWD in Perryville Oct. 23

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 11, 2018

The meeting is at the Perry Park Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

CWD deer.

CWD public meeting is tonight at Cape Nature Center

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 09, 2018

Learn about Chronic Wasting Disease, what it is and how you can help protect Whitetail deer.

CWD deer.

MDC: Cape Nature Center’s kid’s fishing pond stocked with tagged fish for prizes

News from the region

Southeast
Oct 04, 2018
Prizes include t-shirts and basic fishing tackle.
Fisheries Management Biologist Salvador Mondragon displays a catfish just before tagging it and releasing it into the kid's fishing pond at the Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center.

MDC: Space available in next week’s Cape Girardeau longbow-making workshop Oct. 4

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 28, 2018

Craft your own hickory longbow from start to finish.

People making longbows.

MDC presents free Waterfowl Warmup Sporting Clays Shoot in Puxico Oct. 6

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 28, 2018
Hunters may practice shooting clay targets in various waterfowl hunting scenarios.
two young waterfowl hunters in blind

MDC provides turkey hunting opportunity at several areas across southeast Missouri

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 25, 2018

Firearms turkey season begins Oct. 1, local biologists say to expect similar turkey numbers as last year.

Father and daughter fall turkey hunting.

MDC invites public to meeting on CWD in Cape Girardeau Oct. 9

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 13, 2018
Get information on chronic wasting disease, have questions answered, and learn what people can do to help limit the spread of this deadly deer disease.
white-tailed buck with signs of chronic wasting disese

MDC: Public input sought for Red Star and Headwaters Accesses

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 04, 2018
The area management plans are open for public review in September.
Headwaters Access Sign

MDC: Public input sought for Apple Creek CA

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 04, 2018
The area management plan is open for public review in September.
Apple Creek CA Sign

MDC improvements to Headwaters Access include entrance road, parking, angled boat ramp

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 30, 2018
Construction is expected to take about four months, depending on the weather.
Headwaters Access sign

Youth dove wing-shooting clinic marks opening day of dove season

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 24, 2018
The free clinic is offered at Maintz Wildlife Preserve in Cape Girardeau County.
female dove hunter hold harvested dove

MDC adds six new free 'loaner' fishing gear locations in southeast Missouri

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 21, 2018

A rod with a standard spin-cast reel and small tackle box with supplies is included.

Lady helping a little girl catch a fish.

Get to know the mighty Mississippi at MDC’s ‘Day on the River’

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 14, 2018

Join professional river experts on boat rides and get an up-close look at big river fish.

Kid and an agent riding on the Mississippi River

MDC delivers grant checks to local fire departments

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 10, 2018
The grants provide funds for protective gear and wildfire suppression equipment.
MDC Forestry Technician Duane Petzoldt delivered a grant check for $3,000 to Treasurer and Assistant Chief Kelly Allen at the East Cape County Fire Protection District.

MDC seeks public input on possible regulation change for crappie fishing at Wappapello Lake

News from the region

Southeast
Aug 07, 2018

Potential regulation change will increase the opportunity for anglers to harvest fish.

MDC employee holding a crappie.

MDC, MoDOT, Missouri Prairie Foundation collaborate on Invasive Species Strike Team

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 23, 2018

Invasive weeds will no longer have “the right of way” for over 700 miles of Southeast Missouri roads.

Invasive species strike team truck.

MDC employees work with Fruitland Fire Department, Air Evac Perryville on emergency drill

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 20, 2018

Local conservation employees are now better equipped to respond to emergencies at remote areas.

MDC employees conduct an emergency drill.

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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) 815-7901
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
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