Category Archives: Outdoors

Changing animal populations cause concern

This is the week that environmental awareness takes center stage for many people. Saturday (April 22) is Earth Day – a date that is an annual reminder to people to give extra thought to the environment and ecosystems around them. For some, it means planting a tree. For others, it means planting native wildflowers, picking… Read More »

Use a mix of plants in your landscaping plan

Whether you have a small yard in the city or a large acreage in the country, native plants can give you options to grow on. Native plants are good choices for landscaping for a variety of reasons. For some people, choosing native species is about connecting with nature on a more personal level. Others opt… Read More »

Trapping is a great way to control wildlife population

Cletis Richards, of Carthage, is the District 5 director of the Missouri Trapper Association and serves 15 counties. “There are nine districts that make up the trapper association and I love working for them,” said Richards.  Richards has been trapping since 1969 and is retired from working in the plumbing business for 25 years. “The… Read More »

Althea Spring Photos

                These photos of Althea Spring were made by Joe Davis in May 2013. Althea Spring is just below Patrick Bridge that is located on the North Fork River. It is accessible by foot and parking is available at the access. Althea Spring is the 23rd largest spring in Missouri. It… Read More »

Missouri State Parks designates new wild area

The 1,168-acre Elk River Hills Wild Area in Big Sugar Creek State Park in McDonald County is the Missouri State Park system’s 12th wild area and the first wild area designated since 1995. “The Elk River Hills Wild Area possesses primeval character in its wilderness condition and inherent integrity,” said Sara Parker Pauley, director of… Read More »

Public invited to get tree planting tips at MDC workshops

Trees are planted for many reasons, including aesthetics, wildlife habitat, shade, energy conservation, erosion reduction, and in remembrance of an event or person. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds landowners that when adding trees, planning should come before planting. To help people learn about planning and planting processes, MDC will hold three free tree… Read More »

Stella plans eagle viewing

The best place to see eagles in Newton County is Stella, and the tiny community is planning its 8th Annual Stella Eagle Day on Saturday, Jan. 28, with lots of activities and events from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Eagles can be seen throughout the community, from downtown at the post office to the elementary/junior high school… Read More »

Can you visit all 88 Missouri state parks by October?

Missouri State Parks is celebrating 100 years in 2017. The park system offers prairies, battlefields, covered bridges, ancient Indian villages, forested hills and valleys with caves and springs, streams with trout, lakes with bass and the homes of honored artists, pioneers, soldiers and statesmen.   The park system was officially established on April 9, 1917.… Read More »

Fall gardening — the gift that keeps on giving

Succession gardening gives gardeners a second harvest, often more flavorful than the first, said University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist David Trinklein. Succession gardening simply means that as one crop is harvested and removed from the garden, a second is planted in the area vacated. Gardeners are able to reap top rewards from valuable garden… Read More »