Recycled live Christmas trees provide ‘a special gift’ for fish, wildlife

As the holiday season closes, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) hopes residents will donate their live Christmas tree to fish and wildlife in their area as a natural, year-round shelter. Salvador Mondragon, MDC fisheries management biologist, said Christmas trees can easily be used to improve habitat in ponds, lakes, or even a backyard. “Natural…

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Military trails of Missouri — an educational & family-friendly road trip

The Military Trails of Missouri program invites families and individuals to visit military museums, memorials, and battlefields throughout Missouri to learn about the state’s rich military history as well as its role in more distant conflicts.  The program incorporates 12 museums, memorials, and Civil War battle sites. The adventure begins by picking up a special…

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MDC assigns a new conservation agent for Buchanan County

Kelsey Gillenwater is the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) new agent patrolling Buchanan County.  Gillenwater joins the MDC team serving the public and protecting forests, fish, and wildlife resources in northwest Missouri.  She is already familiar with the geography. Gillenwater is a St. Joseph native with a degree in wildlife conservation and management from Missouri…

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Missouri may deny meat packer’s request to dump wastewater in river

By Allison Kite State regulators are poised to deny a request from a southwest Missouri meat-packer to discharge treated wastewater directly into a river already impaired by E. coli.  Missouri Prime Beef Packers requested permission from the state to treat wastewater from its meatpacking operation near Pleasant Hope using a proprietary microbe technology and discharge…

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