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Big Muddy Lures Paddlers From “Down Under”

Two Australian institutions – the “walkabout” and “long-service leave” recently landed a pair of childhood chums in Missouri. They said Missourians and Americans in general have impressed them as being the most welcoming people on earth.

Struan Smith and David Seargeant, both of Sidney, Australia, passed through Missouri in August and early September. The pair of 62-year-olds are on the home stretch of a 2,300-mile odyssey that began June 28 at the three forks of the Missouri River in Montana. There the Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin Rivers join to form the river that terminates at their final destination,…

By Guest Contributor, 09-14-2007 | (0)

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Meramec River Basin Summit Set for Sept 20-22

Twenty-nine years ago, Missourians in the Meramec River Basin voiced their desire to preserve the river and its tributaries as places to paddle, swim and fish. The Meramec River Basin Summit Sept. 20-22 will celebrate that history and explore the river’s future.

In the historic vote, 60 percent of voters in east-central Missouri opposed the idea of damming the Meramec and Bourbeuse rivers. The spirit of citizen activism that led to the rejection of dam plans is more alive than ever today, with several grassroots organizations dedicated to keeping streams clean and developing their recreational potential. Among those…

By Guest Contributor, 09-04-2007 | (0)

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River Group Offers Big Muddy Wildlife Float

ROCHEPORT, Mo.-If you have a canoe and an interest in learning more about the Missouri River, the Missouri River Communities Network (MRCN) has an event for you.

The MRCN will host the Big Muddy Wildlife Float Sept. 29.  The 16-mile float will take participants from Franklin Island Conservation Area near Boonville to Katfish Katie’s campground downriver from Rocheport. The event is part recreation, part education and part public service.

MRCN Community Resource Specialist Brad Hargrave called the event “a unique opportunity to take a wildlife-themed, guided canoe trip on the Missouri River.”

The float…

By Guest Contributor, 08-31-2007 | (0)

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Power Boat Race Brings Horny Toad Championships To Lake of the Ozarks

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO –Hurtling through the water at speeds of 185 mph or more, the world’s fastest boats will compete for the title of National Champion at the Horny Toad Offshore Super Series National Championship Power Boat Race, Sept. 27-30 at Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.  In conjunction with the race, a full array of concerts, parties and other events also are planned, with most of the land-based activities taking place at the Horny Toad Entertainment Complex in Lake Ozark.

“Area business owners have been wanting to bring a sanctioned power boat race to the…

By Guest Contributor, 08-29-2007 | (0)

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Camper Cabins Offer New Camping Experience in Missouri State Parks

Visitors to Lake Wappapello State Park near Poplar Bluff can look forward to a new kind of camping experience for Labor Day Weekend, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today. The park now features four new camper cabins.  These rustic log cabins provide the experience of camping without a tent or recreational vehicle.

The camper cabins provide comfortable accommodations for up to four adults and two children, with a queen-size bed, a full-size futon and a carpeted loft for sleeping bags. Camper cabins have electricity, heating and air conditioning but do not include water or restrooms. Each…

By Guest Contributor, 08-29-2007 | (0)

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Animal Chaplains to Bless America’s Pets on “World Animal Day”

In what will look like a scene from the popular family movie, “Evan Almighty”, dozens of Animal Chaplains around the world will bless hundreds, perhaps thousands of animals in many different settings on October 4 2007. At a pet cemetery on the east coast, to a city park in the desert, to a sandy beach on the west coast, they will walk in on four paws, fly in on a harness, and slither in on their bellies.

That day is World…

By Guest Contributor, 08-13-2007 | (0)

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Tragic Death Reminds Us:  Dock Electricity Poses Potential Hazzard

The Missouri State Water Patrol cautions dock owners to check their boat docks and swimming docks for potential electric shock hazard. Because of recent high water levels, docks are potentially under more strain which could weaken anchor cables and cause electrical conduits to crack or break. Bare or exposed electrical wires are a safety hazard and are particularly hazardous to people who might be swimming in the vicinity.

This caution comes in light of a recent electrocution that the Missouri State Water Patrol responded to at Lake of the Ozarks. The victim was electrocuted when she grabbed the…

By Guest Contributor, 08-13-2007 | (0)

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Apply Sept. 1 for Waterfowl Hunting Reservations in Missouri



JEFFERSON CITY-Hunters who hope to pursue ducks or geese on wetland areas managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation should mark Sept. 1 on their calendars. That is when applications open for the lottery to assign hunting reservations at 15 conservation areas.

Applications can be made by calling (800) 829-2956 or by visiting http://www.missouriconservation.org Sept. 1 through 18. You will need the nine-digit identification number found at the top of your hunting or fishing permit or next…

By Guest Contributor, 08-10-2007 | (0)

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UMR Students to Help Blaze Better Trail Along Continental Divide

Brian Payne and Michelle Marincel recently mapped a 50-mile stretch of the Wyoming wilderness. 

Currently, about 60 percent of the trail is mapped. Marincel and Payne recently carried a GPS device as they bushwacked and backtracked their way through the Medicine Bow National Forest near the Wyoming border with Colorado.

Back in Missouri, the UMR students are now in the process of finalizing a report for Backpacker, which plans to use information from 300…

By Guest Contributor, 08-03-2007 | (0)

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Nature Conservancy in Mo. Provides Funding for Land Acquisition in Brazil

The Nature Conservancy in Missouri has provided a major portion of the funding for the acquisition of 22,500 acres in the Cerrado, Brazil’s vast savanna. The Serra do Tombador tract is a critical portion of the landscape surrounding Chapada dos Veaderos National Park, about a two hour drive north of Brasilia. The Boticario Foundation will own and manage the tract as a nature preserve and conservation education center.

This property is on the edge of the Tocantinzinho River and is a critical part of a corridor linking Chapada dos Veaderiros National Park to the Tocantinzinho River valley. The…

By Guest Contributor, 08-01-2007 | (0)

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Wildlife Refuge Is a Window on Missouri Bootheel’s History – by: Jim Low

Towering cypress trees at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge are a reminder of the 2.4 million acre swamp that once covered southeastern Missouri’s Bootheel region. The refuge preserves this natural heritage for recreational use. (Missouri Dept. of Conservation photo)

Preservation and recreation are top management goals at Missouri’s largest national wildlife refuge.

JEFFERSON CITY-The sun has not risen yet on Stoddard County this day in mid-May. Thunderstorms washed the air clean last night, and fields are shrouded with mist. A…

By Guest Contributor, 07-20-2007 | (0)

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E. Coli Samples OK at Lake of the Ozarks

Recent bacteria testing of water in the Lake of the Ozarks found 61 of the 62 samples safe for swimming and other whole body contact recreation, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The test samples, the third in a series of six monthly samplings that began in May and will run through October, were taken July 9. Through the first three months of testing, 97.2 percent of the water samples taken found E. coli bacteria within acceptable limits.

“Because of the number of samples we’ve collected, to have such a small percentage over the…

By RandyR, 07-20-2007 | (0)

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No Place Like Home:  Learning the Benefits of Using the State’s Native Plants

Interest in Missouri’s native plants is increasing as homeowners, farmers and landowners see the environmental and economic benefits.

“Using native Missouri plants offers several advantages. Such plants are better adapted to Missouri’s changing climate and soil conditions than are non-native plants,” said Tim Reinbott, University of Missouri Bradford Research and Extension Center superintendent.

“We want to get not only the homeowners, but the farmers interested in these practices. Many of our plants come from Europe or…

By Guest Contributor, 07-20-2007 | (0)

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May Be a New State Park on the Current River

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is working to acquire land along the Current River and turn it into a new state park.



The land in Shannon County is currently owned by the Conservation Department. No opening date for the park is scheduled as many more details about he transfer must be worked out.

The Conservation Department acquired the land in the mid-1990’s and has used it for teacher education. It includes dorm rooms, a gymnasium…

By RandyR, 07-18-2007 | (0)

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Event Scheduled for Mobility-Impaired Hunters in Missouri

Hunters who use wheelchairs are invited to a dove hunt Sept. 2 at Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area in Mississippi County. Volunteers from the National Wild Turkey Federation will help hunters to and from the field and retrieve downed birds. For more information, call Larry Neal, (573) 334-8881, or Tim Hendershott, (573) 335-9350. (Missouri Dept. of Conservation photo)

The National Wild Turkey Federation and the Missouri Department of Conservation once again will team up to provide a safe, high-quality hunt.

SIKESTON-Missourians who want to hunt doves but hesitate because of mobility impairmnts can put aside their…

By Guest Contributor, 07-16-2007 | (0)

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