Southwest

MDC increases CWD surveillance in southern Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The discovery of a deer disease in Arkansas has increased surveillance efforts by Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff in the southern part of the state.

Kids' Fishing Day set for May 14 at Roaring River

CASSVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will hold Kids' Fishing Day May 14 at Roaring River State Park. At this event, which is from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m., an area of the park will be designated as a fishing area for youths age 15 and under.

MDC plans archery instructor training class

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Teachers interested in becoming archery instructors at their schools will have an opportunity to receive training in May.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) basic archery instructor training class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 24 at the O’Reilly-Tefft Gym in Springfield. The gym is located at 1408 E. Pythian St.

Youth fishing event set for May 7 at Bennett Spring

LEBANON, Mo. – Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Bennett Spring State Park's Kids' Fishing Day. This event will be held 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on May 7 at Bennett Spring State Park. The event is being sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other sponsors.

DRAFT Williams Ford Access Management Plan

Williams Ford Access is 40 acres of forest, woodland, and grassland in Dallas County. This area is managed to provide public access to the Niangua River and for healthy and sustainable forest, woodland, and aquatic communities.

DRAFT Ashe Juniper Natural Area Management Plan

Ashe Juniper Natural Area is 31 acres of woodland in Stone County. This area is managed for woodland and cliff natural communities with an emphasis on xertic species such as the Ashe juniper.

MDC invites public to April 23 naturescaping program

JOPLIN, Mo. – Many homeowners are discovering the benefits of landscaping with native plants. Plants that are naturally adapted to their surroundings tend to be less dependent on pesticides and watering hoses and, at the same time, friendlier to butterflies, songbirds and other local wildlife.

Tree awards go to Springfield schools, Marshfield board

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Springfield’s Public Schools and Marshfield’s Tree City USA Committee have earned state recognition for understanding that trees provide many economic, aesthetic and emotional benefits.

Trout fishing prospects look good at Lake Taneycomo

BRANSON, Mo. – Fisheries staff from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) predict another good year of trout fishing at Lake Taneycomo. This is despite some fish mortality caused by poor water quality conditions this past winter at MDC's Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery, which supplies trout to Taneycomo.

The hatchery stocks about 700,000 11-inch trout into the lake each year. In 2016, MDC will continue to add rainbow trout to the lake's already-abundant population. It will stock greater numbers in summer months when fishing pressure is highest.

Now is time to sign up for MDC's Discover Nature Fishing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Fishing is a great way to connect families with the outdoors, it’s a great tool to introduce children to healthier lifestyles and it’s a good activity for strengthening family bonds.

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