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Buy native trees and shrubs from MDC State Forest Nursery

News from the region

Statewide
Sep 04, 2019
Orders are being taken now through April 2020. Supplies are limited so order early.
2019-2020 Seedling Order Form

Public invited to share ideas about future management of Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area

News from the region

St. Louis
Sep 03, 2019

Those interested in having input on the area’s 25-year management plan are invited to share their ideas during the month of September.

A map of Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area

MDC seeks public input on Burnt Mill Cave Conservation Area in Camden County

News from the region

Central
Sep 03, 2019

Public can comment through Oct. 31 on draft management plan.

The Little Niangua Natural Area at Burnt Mill Cave Conservation Area.

MDC to host prescribed fire workshop in Poplar Bluff Oct. 5

News from the region

Southeast
Sep 03, 2019

Learn why and when to burn to meet land management goals.

A man managing a prescribed fire for land improvement.

MDC to host pond management workshop Sept. 14 at Powell Gardens

News from the region

Kansas City
Sep 03, 2019

Participants can learn about managing fish and aquatic plants in ponds

The invasive hydrilla plant in a pond.

MDC and The Nature Conservancy will host free Prairie Day event Sept. 14 at Dunn Ranch Prairie

News from the region

Northwest
Sep 03, 2019

Visitors can see bison, wildflowers, birds, and learn about prairie ecology

Several people take a guided tour of Dunn Ranch Prairie.

MDC offers chainsaw safety training in mid-Missouri for woodland owners

News from the region

Central
Aug 30, 2019

Free workshop will help landowners avoid hazards of chainsaw use while performing habitat management.

An MDC instructor teaches a class the proper technique for using a chainsaw.

Reallocated Upper Mississippi waterfowl blind sites available; drawing open Sept. 8-15

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 30, 2019

An online reallocation drawing will be held to assign three relinquished blind sites.

Two hunters with their bird dogs in a waterfowl blind.

MDC’s Runge Nature Center announces September programs

News from the region

Central
Aug 30, 2019
Programs include whitetail scouting, monarch migration, lake sturgeon, and more.
girl holding tagged monarch butterfly

MDC offers new “Auto-Renewal” for easy online permit renewals

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 30, 2019
New MDC “Auto-Renewal” offering makes renewing hunting, fishing, and trapping permits easy and convenient.
MDC logo

MDC to host family fishing clinic in Columbia Sept. 11

News from the region

Central
Aug 30, 2019
FREE fishing clinic includes instruction and hands-on fishing opportunities.
kids fishing from dock

MDC re-opens Columbia Bottom Conservation Area to limited access

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 29, 2019

After extensive flooding MDC work crews have enabled public access on a primarily walk-in basis.

Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

MDC offers free monarch butterfly programs in the Kansas City area in September

News from the region

Kansas City
Aug 29, 2019

A variety of science and fun activities planned at Gorman Discovery Center and Burr Oak Woods Nature Center

A grouping of three monarch butterflies on native flowers.

MDC, partners to host MoNASP archery tournament at Mark Twain Lake Oct. 5

News from the region

Northeast
Aug 28, 2019

Registration open now for tournament at new, state-of-the-art archery park.

A man shoots archery at Frank Russell Recreation Area.

MDC hosts women’s free trout fishing event at Maramec Spring Park Sept. 14

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 28, 2019

Women are treated to a free day of fishing at the trout park, which features Missouri’s fifth largest spring.

A woman trout fishing at Maramec Spring Park

MDC Community Forester Ann Koenig earns international forestry award

News from the region

Central
Aug 27, 2019

International Society of Arboriculture spotlights successes in community forestry.

Paul Johnson with Ann Koenig and Lauren Lanphear.

MDC's Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center draws closer to Sept. 6 open house celebration

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 27, 2019

MDC staff and partners to speak at 10:30 a.m. at open house.

The building of Shoal Creek Education Center

MDC to increase prices for nonresident permits starting in 2020

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 26, 2019
Prices not raised in over a decade, adjustments needed to keep up with increasing costs.
MDC Color Logo

MDC changes some requirements for landowner permits

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 26, 2019
Changes will become effective in 2020, require 20 acres for free deer and turkey permits, stay at five acres for other uses, add discounted permits for nonresident landowners, and add registry.
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MDC will raise trout permits and tags starting in 2020, start pilot

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 26, 2019
New pilot program at Maramec Spring Park will increase limit to five trout for $5.
rainbow trout in hand

MDC has new rules for 2020 for deer carcasses in ongoing fight against CWD

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 26, 2019
New regulations on deer-carcass movement and disposal will take effect February 2020.
two hunters drag a harvested deer

MDC extends fall fish gigging season

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 26, 2019
Missouri’s fish gigging season will be extended by 15 days to now end Feb. 15, 2020.
people gig for fish from a boat at night

MDC pre-season waterfowl reservations open Sept. 1

News from the region

Statewide
Aug 22, 2019
Changes to reservation system for managed waterfowl hunts start this hunting season.
camouflaged male duck hunter in duck blind

MDC's Rath wins Firebird Award for quail efforts

News from the region

Southwest
Aug 19, 2019

Private Land Conservationist receives honor for work with landowners in Cedar, Dade, and Lawrence counties.

Rick Rath poses with his Firebird Award for quail efforts.

MDC and Recreation Council of St. Louis hold bike, wheelchair, and scooter “Roll and Stroll” event Aug. 24 on the Busch Greenway in St. Charles

News from the region

St. Louis
Aug 16, 2019

This unique way of discovering nature is open to wheelers and walkers of all level of mobilities and abilities.

A man in an outdoor wheelchair hiking through the forest.

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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