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MDC Celebrates 50th anniversary of Urban Fishing Program in St. Louis

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 16, 2019
Close-to-home fishing program has brought five decades of opportunity to metro anglers.
Images of Urban Fishing Program

MDC reminds residents to exercise caution during and after snowstorms

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 15, 2019

From personal injury to physical damage and common scams, don’t let tree damage make matters worse.

Tree branches on the ground because of the heavy snow.

Cape Nature Center kicks off “Year of the Fish” Jan. 26

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 15, 2019
Celebrate a year full of learning about fish with games, programs, crafts, snacks and more.
bass fishing

Apply online for MDC spring managed turkey hunts starting Feb. 1

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 15, 2019
Apply Feb. 1 - 28 through the MDC website at www.mdc.mo.gov/springturkeyhunts.
two wild turkey toms on display

MDC closes interior roads within Busch Conservation Area due to icy conditions

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 15, 2019
The MDC St. Louis Regional Office located near the entrance of the area will remain open.
Busch Road Closure Sign

MDC invites public to learn how to build bluebird boxes

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 14, 2019

Events planned for Jan. 19 at Andy Dalton Range, Feb. 2 at Walter Woods Conservation Area.

Building Bluebird boxes

MDC will host prescribed fire workshops throughout Ozark region

News from the region

Ozark
Jan 14, 2019

Prescribed fire is a useful tool for land and wildlife management.

Prescribed fire workshops in the Ozark region

RESCHEDULED: MDC’s fifth annual ice fishing workshop in Hunnewell moved to Feb. 2

News from the region

Northeast
Jan 11, 2019

Due to winter storm warnings this weekend’s clinic will move to Feb. 2 – register by Feb. 1.

People ice fishing.

MDC will hold free Advanced Archery Instructor training for teachers Jan. 29 at Ridgewood Middle School

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 10, 2019
MoNASP-certified instructors will take their skills to the next level with this tournament prep class.
Student archers in row shooting at NASP tournament

MDC, partners offer mobility impaired and youth pheasant hunt near Centertown Feb. 17

News from the region

Central
Jan 10, 2019
Apply by Jan. 31 for this free outdoor opportunity for mobility impaired and youth hunters.
mobility impaired hunters

Eagle Days at Smithville Lake drew good crowds Jan. 5-6

News from the region

Kansas City
Jan 08, 2019
Raptors and warm sunshine boost attendance at annual event
People watching eagles at 2019 Eagle Days at Smithville Lake

MDC’s Rockwoods Reservation hosts Winter in the Woods Festival, Featuring Maple Sugar, Saturday, Feb. 2

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 08, 2019
The popular annual Maple Sugar Festival is expanding to embrace many more aspects of winter.
People at Maple Sugar Festival

MDC will host prescribed fire workshop in Cape Girardeau, Feb. 12

News from the region

Southeast
Jan 08, 2019
Prescribed fire is a useful tool for land and wildlife management.
Using Prescribed Fire

Preschoolers can learn how animals survive winter at free program at Columbia Bottom Jan. 21

News from the region

St. Louis
Jan 08, 2019
Indoor and outdoor explorations will give children age 2-5 hands on learning experiences.
doe in winter woods

MDC and MoDOT invite schools to fight litter through trashcan decorating contest

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 07, 2019
Deadline for submissions is March 15. Learn more at nomoretrash.org.
Teacher Jessica Brown and her third graders at Logan-Rogersville Elementary won the 2018 trashcan-decorating contest with their entry, “Stache the Trash!”

MDC invites public to Eagle Days at Springfield Nature Center

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 07, 2019
Free event on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20 is great way to learn about eagles in Missouri.
Bald Eagle

MDC offers prescribed fire workshops in mid-Missouri

News from the region

Central
Jan 04, 2019
Register to attend a free workshop on fire as an important land management method.
smoke during a prescribed burn

MDC announces temporary closure at Ranacker Conservation Area in Pike County

News from the region

Northeast
Jan 03, 2019
North access, shooting range closed for construction until March 15, pending project completion.
stream on Ranacker Conservation Area

MDC Notable News from 2018

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 03, 2019
For more on MDC activities over the past year, read the Department’s Annual Review in the January issue of the Missouri Conservationist and online at www.mdc.mo.gov/conmag.
MDC logo

Hunters harvest 12,080 deer during MO alternative-methods portion

News from the region

Statewide
Jan 02, 2019
Archery season continues through Jan. 15.
buck in field

Public input sought for Shawnee Trail Conservation Area

News from the region

Southwest
Jan 02, 2019
Citizens can comment on area's management plan throughout January.
Shawnee Trail Conservation Area sign

Workshops in Tecumseh, Mountain Grove teach prescribed fire for land, wildlife management tool

Dec 28, 2018
Landowners should preregister for their desired workshop.
Using Prescribed Fire

Donate Christmas trees to wildlife at MDC Central Regional Office drop-off site

News from the region

Central
Dec 27, 2018
Recycling Christmas trees can help improve fish and wildlife habitat in central Missouri.
recycling Christmas trees for fish habitat

MDC hosts beginner fly tying clinic in Kirksville Jan. 19

News from the region

Northeast
Dec 27, 2018
Register to attend this FREE Discover Nature – Fishing workshop and learn to tie your own flies.
fly tying spool

Eagle Days returns to Smithville Lake Jan. 5-6

News from the region

Kansas City
Dec 21, 2018
Free event hosted by MDC and conservation partners includes live raptors and exhibits
bald eagle flying over water looking for fish.

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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) 815-7901
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
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