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MDC recommends native species for spring planting

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 17, 2020

To help wildlife, plant natives while also removing nonnative and invasive plants

Serviceberry tree with a cardinal on a birdfeeder

Pass not the pawpaw when picking backyard trees to plant this spring

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 15, 2020

Native tree bears edible fruit in autumn and hosts zebra swallowtail butterflies

Paw paw bloom

Simple plantings can create a prairie at home

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 14, 2020
MDC says use small plots and basic plants for easy-start native wildflowers
purple coneflowers

MDC invites new adult turkey hunters to virtual turkey clinic May 8

News from the region

Northeast
Apr 14, 2020

Register to attend this free clinic for adults who have never harvested a wild turkey.

A wild turkey

MDC cancels May kids’ fishing day events at trout parks

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 13, 2020

Events scheduled in May at Missouri’s trout parks have been cancelled amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

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MDC urges public to “bee-friend” native pollinators

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 10, 2020

Support Missouri bees this spring by planting native flowers and mowing less.

A green sweat bee collects pollen from a flower.

MDC adds fish habitat at Truman Lake

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 10, 2020

Sinking cedar trees in key locations keeps fishery healthy

Trees for fish at Truman Lake

Discover the surprising world of lichens and mosses

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 09, 2020

MDC says finding them on trees and stone makes a good scavenger hunt

Lichen on tree bark

MDC extends closures and trout-tag waiver due to COVID-19

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 09, 2020
MDC facility closures and cancellations of public events are extended through April 30. Daily trout tag waiver is extended at trout parks until further notice. Free fishing permit waiver ends April 15.
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MDC grant helps Missouri State University remove invasive trees

News from the region

Southwest
Apr 09, 2020
TRIM grant helps fund removal of Callery pear trees from MSU campus.
Missouri State University

MDC sets migratory game bird and waterfowl hunting seasons

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 08, 2020
For more information on hunting in Missouri, visit MDC online at mdc.mo.gov.
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MDC announces Missouri’s first elk-hunting season coming this fall!

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 08, 2020
Apply May 1 - 31 at mdc.mo.gov/buypermits, or through a permit vendor.
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MDC needs birders to help with annual breeding bird survey

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 06, 2020
Volunteers needed to help with 2020 North American Breeding Bird Survey May 27 – July 7.
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MDC asks public to avoid Headwaters Access as construction continues

News from the region

Southeast
Apr 06, 2020

The area remains closed until construction is complete.

Headwaters Access entrance sign

MDC confirms invasive emerald ash borer has spread to 78 Missouri counties

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 06, 2020

Tree-killing pest behind recent reports of trees with bark missing.

A map of Missouri continues infested with emerald ash borer

MDC reports young hunters bagged 2,712 turkeys over youth weekend

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 06, 2020
Top harvest counties were Miller with 74 birds checked, Franklin with 62, and Callaway and Sainte Genevieve with 60 each.
Haleigh Fike with first turkey

MDC encourages you to enjoy Missouri’s flowering trees and shrubs!

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 03, 2020

Take a moment to enjoy the therapeutic beauty of springtime in Missouri

Serviceberry, spicebush, redbud, and wild plum

MDC reminds people to follow health precautions while outdoors

News from the region

Statewide
Apr 02, 2020
Find Places to Go and Things to Do to Discover Nature at nature.mdc.mo.gov/.
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St. Louis Community College uses MDC TRIM Grant to remove invasive trees

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 02, 2020
TRIM grants up to $25K can help communities and non-profits manage tree resources on public spaces.
Certified arborist David Slane

MDC reminds conservation area visitors to use physical distancing

News from the region

Kansas City
Apr 02, 2020

Enjoy the outdoors but don't forget to use safety precautions

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UPDATE: Forest Park’s Jefferson Lake closure for renovation delayed to Aug. 15

News from the region

St. Louis
Apr 02, 2020

The estimated completion of the project has been adjusted to summer of 2022.

A man fishes at Jefferson Lake in Forest Park.

MDC cancels June 20 youth outdoor day camp at Lee's Summit

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 30, 2020
Camp cancelled as a precaution due to coronavirus
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MDC offers TRIM grants to assist with community tree care

News from the region

Statewide
Mar 30, 2020
TRIM grants can help fund tree inventories, removal, pruning, planting, and more.
man walks under trees in Forest Park

Forest Park’s Jefferson Lake closes to fishing April 1 for renovation project

News from the region

St. Louis
Mar 30, 2020

The project is tentatively expected to be completed and public fishing at Jefferson Lake to reopen June of 2021.

A man fishes at Jefferson Lake in Forest Park.

Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs will be closed April 4-5 until 1 p.m. on both days

News from the region

Kansas City
Mar 26, 2020

Nature Center is closed and conservation area will be closed for youth turkey hunt

The entrance sign to Burr Oak Woods 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