Missouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Department of Conservation

There’s a new public use area for the public to explore.  The Missouri Department of Conservation says the Alfred Newton Gossett Conservation Area in Dallas County is open for public use.

The 671-acre area near Windyville was acquired by MDC in 2017.  The department has surveyed the area, marked bounderies, constructed a parking area and conducted other start-up tasks to get it ready for the public to use it.

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Bradford pear trees are one of the first tree species to bloom in the spring and feature delicate white flowers.  Their nice, manicured shape makes them desirable landscape trees.  But, while they may seem innocent, they have a dark side.

Paul Johnson, forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation, said the Bradford pear is one of many cultivar species of the Callery pear, which was brought to the U.S. from China and Taiwan almost 100 years ago.

Missouri Department of Conservation

In 2000, the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center near Ash Grove, received 9,000 visitors.  In 2017, 25,000 visits were recorded, as the Center’s special events, programs, and public shooting gained popularity. 

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Fifteen free-ranging deer in Missouri have tested positive for chronic wasting disease or CWD.  The Missouri Department of Conservation sampled 18,400 deer for the disease during the fall firearms season. 

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The Missouri Department of Conservation is working with duck hunters to help prevent the spread of invasive species in Missouri’s waterways.

Zebra mussels have been found in some of Missouri’s larger lakes like Truman, according to Kenda Flores with the MDC. Fellows Lake, a popular destination for duck hunters in Greene County, doesn’t have zebra mussels. However, Flores said the agency discovered the lake does have hydrilla, an aquatic plant and invasive species.