Missouri Department of Conservation

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The Missouri Department of Conservation has partnered with the Cape Girardeau County Commission in a Community Assistance Program (CAP) agreement to make improvements to the lakes at County Parks North and South. MDC fisheries regional supervisor, Christopher Kennedy, says it’s part of a program that works to expand fishing opportunities across the state.

Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation's forestry division is now taking applications for their annual TRIM grant program. TRIM, which stands for Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance, is a cost-share program that assists in community forestry projects.

These projects can include funding for tree inventories, removal and pruning of hazardous trees, training of volunteers and employees, tree planting, and managing surrounding plants. Program supervisor for MDC's forestry division, Russell Hinnah says there are many advantages to cultivating a sylvan community.

Missouri Department of Conservation

The 2017-2018 deer and turkey hunting seasons came to a close on Monday, and the Missouri Department of Conservation has released final harvest numbers for the state.

The season ended on Jan. 15 with 283,940 deer harvested, and the archery deer season closing with 51,722 harvested.

MDC news services coordinator Joe Jerek says they’ve seen a large jump in numbers since last year.

Candice Davis/Missouri Department of Conservation

Crisp weather has arrived, which means deer season is upon us. The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Conservation Federation of Missouri are encouraging “Share the Harvest”. It’s a program which allows hunters to feed hungry Missourians with deer meat. Lindsey Grojean spoke with Russell Duckworth, the Protection Regional Supervisor at MDC about how people can hunt to help.

So tell me about the "Share the Harvest" program.

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I’m here with Candice Davis from the Missouri Department of Conservation, and over the past decade she says that the Missouri Department of Conservation has seen a rise in the black bear population, which is giving them the opportunity to do some research. Tell me about it Candice.