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Florissant angler nets new official state record blue catfish, with world record pending

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 21, 2010

New state pole-and-line record blue catfish caught, world record probable.

Greg Bernal with 130-pound blue catfish

New division chiefs named for MDC

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 21, 2010

Six staff promoted to key leadership positions as a result of retirements.

New MDC Division Chiefs

Ozark Regional Award Goes to Winona Logger

News from the region

Ozark
Jul 21, 2010

The Missouri Department of Conservation recently named Woody Haynes of Winona as the Ozark Regional Logger of the Year for 2010.

Logger of the Year - Ozark Region

MDC funds will help rural fire departments

News from the region

Southeast
Jul 21, 2010

Missouri rural fire departments are receiving checks from the MDC Forestry Division through July and August as part of the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Fire Department Matching Grant Program.

Zebra mussels found at Smithville Lake, treatment pending

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 19, 2010

Clay County Parks, the City of Smithville, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Conservation Department working to monitor lake and contain spread of this invasive species.

Conservation Agents Conduct Large Wildlife Violation Investigation in the Ozarks

News from the region

Ozark
Jul 19, 2010

A large investigation involving illegal commercialization of wildlife and wildlife parts was brought to a close this weekend where the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) documented a total of 299 serious violations in seven counties across southern Missouri.

Photo of Ozark Wildlife Code violations.

Catfish anglers can collect cash for reporting tagged fish

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 14, 2010

Few people fish for money, but Missouri catfish anglers don’t have to turn pro to collect cash rewards.

National Geographic television special features Missouri alligator gar expert

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 14, 2010

Missouri's toothy, scaled monster makes a splash.

MDC offers new guidebooks on mushrooms and herps

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 09, 2010

Learn about fascinating Missouri fungi, reptiles and amphibians with these colorful guides.

Show-Me Herps Cover

Runge Nature Center to host Firefly Frenzy

News from the region

Central
Jul 09, 2010

Enjoy an en-LIGHTENING evening of family fun!

Missouri to host national natural areas conference Oct. 26-29

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 09, 2010

The entire event, including field trips, is open to the public.

Springfield Nature Center to host reptile, amphibian program

News from the region

Southwest
Jul 09, 2010

Learn more about Missouri’s reptiles and amphibians at the “Show-Me Herps” program on Saturday, June 17.

Missouri farmers can reduce Gulf oil spill’s impact on birds

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 09, 2010

NRCS estimates Missouri will have $1.9 million to help private landowners improve habitat for migratory birds. Sign-up period ends Aug. 1.

Expo offers first-hand look at latest outdoor gear

News from the region

St. Louis
Jul 08, 2010

Like hunting, fishing, or any other outdoor activity? Bring the whole family to the 2010 Outdoor Adventures Expo on Saturday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center, 2360 Highway D in St. Charles.

Conservation Hall of Fame inducts legendary wetland biologist

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 08, 2010

One of Missouri’s premier wetland areas bears this pioneering conservationist’s name.

Ted Shanks

Area regulations and antlerless tag availability change for 2010 deer season

News from the region

Statewide
Jul 01, 2010

The six portions of Missouri’s firearms deer season are the same length and order as last year, but a few other details, such as area regulations and availability of antlerless tags and, have changed.

Four-point rule lets bucks make the most of June growth spurt

Jun 30, 2010

Trail camera documents astonishing antler growth rate.

Study shows forestry best management practices prevent erosion

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 29, 2010

The Conservation Department got a surprising answer when it asked University of Missouri researchers to learn how much erosion its timber harvests were causing on conservation areas in the Ozarks.

MDC Taking Applications for Agent Trainees

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 28, 2010

Some consider it the best job in the world. It’s also one of the most demanding. If you think you have what it takes to be a conservation agent, now is the time to try. Application process opens June 28.

Missourians asked to celebrate freedom from invasive species July 4

Jun 24, 2010

Exotic plants and animals threaten America’s way of outdoor life.

Managed deer hunt applications open July 1, close Aug. 15

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 22, 2010

Hunters can apply for nearly 100 archery, muzzleloader and modern firearms hunts, including events for youths and hunters with disabilities.

Taking a different angle on frogging pays fry-pan dividends

News from the region

Statewide
Jun 18, 2010

"You get a line, and I'll get a pole, We’ll go down to the froggin’ hole."

Bullfrog

Missourians can help protect our state from devastating invaders

Jun 16, 2010

The potential effects of invasive plants, animals and diseases on the state’s economy and outdoor resources are incalculable.

Oak galls won't cause much permanent damage

Jun 04, 2010

A little TLC is all that most affected oaks need to recover.

Leaves affected by jumping oak gall.

Conservation Commission seeks more information, citizen comments on elk restoration

News from the region

Statewide

Commissioners say citizen interest, improved habitat and better animal health testing warrant revisiting the issue tabled 10 years ago.

elk

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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) 815-7900
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