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  • JANUARY 2008VOL. 69, NO. 1JANUARY 2008VOL. 69, NO. 1

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    12Environmental Organization Giving

    14HONORARIUMS & MEMORIALSGive A Gift Today

    NEWS & ISSUES

    CFM ANNUALCONFERENCE

    EARTH SHARE

    WildlifeMISSOURI

    Register Now!

    CFM New Members

    EnvironmentalOrganization Giving

  • 2 J A N U A R Y 2 0 0 8

    Armchair Quarterbacks WildlifeJanuary 2008Vol. 69, No. 1

    MISSOURI

    Missouri Wildlife is the official publication of theConservation Federation ofMissouri, Affiliate of theNational Wildlife Federation.

    ISSN 1082-8591

    728 W. MainJefferson City, MO 65101-1559

    Phone 573-634-2322 Fax 573-634-8205

    Email [email protected] http://www.confedmo.org

    MISSOURI WILDLIFE (USPS 012868) is pub-lished bimonthly in January, March, May, July,September and November for subscribers andmembers of the Conservation Federation ofMissouri, 728 W. Main, Jefferson City, MO65101-1559. Of each members dues ($20minimum) $2.00 shall be for a years subscrip-tion to Missouri Wildlife. Periodical postagepaid at Jefferson City, MO. and additionalmailing offices.

    POSTMASTER: Send address changes to MISSOURI WILDLIFE, 728 W. Main, Jefferson City, MO 65101-1559.

    Glenn ChambersMike Schallon

    VacantDuane AddlemanRandy Washburn

    Dave MurphyLynne Jensen Lampe

    Laurie Coleman

    Leigh Love

    Amy Buechler

    PresidentFirst Vice PresidentSecond Vice PresidentSecretaryTreasurer

    Executive Director/EditorDesign & ProductionAdmin. Associate/Membership and Managing EditorAdmin. Associate/Accounting Teaming With WildlifeCoordinator

    OFFICERS

    STAFF

    COVER: Eager beagles equal good rabbithunting. By Glenn D. Chambers

    VIEW FROM THE STONE HOUSE

    This time of year, too much ofmy time finds me parked in therecliner intently watching theperformance of talented ath-

    letes attempting the impossible. Theymake a valiant effort to perfectly executeevery play, to score on each possessionand to win every game. Even though per-fection is absolutely unattainable, theyplay and play and play. Their efforts arenot inhibited much by imperfection.They play to win, and ideally, they play toimprove.

    A psychologist will tell you that of allthe ways to motivate anyone to attemptanything, a random reward system is themost effective. Reward the prospectevery time they attempt anythingandthey will deliver progressively poorer per-formances. Never reward anyone foranythingand they will eventually quit,convinced of the futility of their bestefforts. Reward them at regular intervals,and they will soon figure out the patternand invest their efforts accordingly.Reward them occasionally, at randomintervals, and they will zealously chal-lenge themselves to unimaginableachievement. We anglers make many acast in eager anticipation of the next bite.We hunters sit quietly for long hours, cer-tain that the next moment will herald thearrival of our quarry. We trappers antici-pate the catch in our next trap. Our opti-mism, apparently, knows no boundsorat least our optimism usually lasts longerthan the amount of time we have toinvest outside.

    We Missourians are well into a deadlyserious game involving pigskins right

    now. Feral hogs are steadily spreading indistribution and increasing in numbersacross our state. They wreak havoc onthe landscape with their rooting and wal-lowing. They compact soil and destroyseedlings, devastating the forest. Theycarry many diseases harmful to domestichogs, other livestock, wildlife and, rarely,to humans. They are much more prolificthan deer: two litters per year with 5 or 6piglets per litter. They are very capable ofvicious attacks on pets and people. Theseinvasive creatures are no more wildlifethan are feral cats, and will likely be justas difficult to eradicate. They consumegreat quantities of acorns and other mastmaking it unavailable to our nativewildlife. They eagerly devour corn andother agricultural crops. They createhuge, challenging, very expensive, longterm problems in many other states.

    Why would anyone bring feral hogs toMissouri? For short term, selfish finan-cial gain, in my opinion. Governor Blunthas recognized the seriousness of thethreats connected to feral hogs, and puttogether a task force of leaders from allaspects of Missouris citizenry. By Execu-tive Order, he has challenged us toaddress the problem immediately. At ourfirst meeting, we learned that feral hogsdo over $52 million in damages in Texaseach year, where there are two kinds ofranches, those with feral hogs and thosewhich will one day have them. At thispoint, our best information indicatesmost feral hogs in Missouri have beenillegally released on and are living on ornear our public lands, though theyappear to be steadily spreading out from

    there. Most of our public lands in Mis-souri are federal; either US Forest Service,US Army Corps of Engineers, or US Fishand Wildlife Service properties. Jurisdic-tion gets complicatedenforcement hasmany challenges.

    Like the ambitious athletes heraldedin the first paragraphs, our task force willplay to win. Although the game hasalready begun, we may yet rub out feralhogs from the Missouri landscape. Thisis very, very serious. This may wellrequire federal funding assistance beyondthe budgets of state and local agencies orprivate organizations. This may wellrequire appropriations of funds by ourMissouri General Assembly. This willdefinitely require each of us to bring ourbest. This will require unprecedentedcooperation among industries, business-es, agencies and private organizations.All of us have a stake in the challengesconnected with a potentially statewideinfestation of feral hogs. Perhaps we willbe able to transform this great probleminto a great opportunity for concertedaction benefiting all. As always, it is up tous.

    Dave MurphyCFM Executive Director

    The Conservation Foundation of MissouriCharitable Trust and the Conservation Fed-eration of Missouri are pleased to announcethat applications are now being acceptedfor the 2008 Charles Bell ConservationScholarships.

    In the 2008 Bell Scholarship Program,eight scholarships will be awarded: onegraduate ($600), one undergraduate ($500)and six for elementary, high school oryouth groups ($250 each). In this lattercategory, CFM members who work with

    Boy Scouts, 4-H, environmental clubs oryouth chapters of their affiliate are eligibleand encouraged to apply.

    Graduate applicants must be enrolled ina field of study related to conservation, nat-ural science or earth resources at anaccredited college or university. Under-graduate applicants must have 60 credithours or more and should have enrolled inan area related to conservation. Preferencein all cases will be given to applicantsenrolled in Missouri schools. The deadline

    for applications is January 15, 2008.These scholarships are named in memo-

    ry of CFM past-president Charles P. Bell,whose family provided major funding forthis program.

    For an application form write to:

    Conservation Federation of MissouriBell Scholarships

    728 West Main StreetJefferson City, MO 65101

    or call (573) 634-2322 or (800) 575-2322

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  • M I S S O U R I W I L D L I F E 3

    PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

    Times Are Exciting And Busy For Me As Your President

    Iwas just looking over the newmember list which was publishedin the November issue of MissouriWildlife. I recognized the names

    of several people whom have recentlyjoined or re-joined the ranks of CFM. Iam impressed by the number of newmembers whom I have known and beenassociated with during the years. Someare colleagues that I have worked within the past, one is a legislator, anotherwas a past Conservation Commissioner,and some were volunteers when I wasemployed by Ducks Unlimited. I amvery appreciative of all of those folksand I thank you for joining CFM.

    As this issue goes to press, I am busyputting together the list of names ofpersons for appointment to ourResource Committees. Our ResourceCommittees are a significant portionof CFM operations and it is importantthat we have strong leadership in thosepositions.

    The 2007 deer seasons are quicklycoming to a close and combined har-

    vest numbers will be a little lower thansome of the record numbers of deertaken in the past. Our Share the Har-vest CAP (the amount of money bud-geted for allocation to participatingdeer processors) currently stands atabout 70 percent of budget. We havecommitted money for processing justover 4,000 animals at this point.

    Today I had a nice visit with Jim Low,MDCs News Services Coordinatorabout the 2007 deer season. Followingthe opening weekend, it looked asthough the total harvest for this yearwas going to be off substantially fromother recent seasons. But Jim created amore optimistic picture with the fol-lowing numbers: The November por-tion of the firearms season yielded aharvest of 214,494 animals (down 9%from last year). Youth hunters tookanother 12,267 animals. The muzzleloaders had a record kill of 13,372 deerand the urban deer harvest was 554 ani-mals. Those numbers total a harvest of240,687 deer and as this article goes to

    press, the final segment of the deer sea-son, the 9 day antlerless deer portion isjust beginning, with SNOW ON THEGROUND. For the past several years,the harvest during the antlerless portionof the season has been about 20,000animals. At present our total harvestnumbers for 2007 are just 7% below lastyears numbers and 2006 was a record

    year for deer harvest in Missouri.Our Strategic Planning Committee

    has been working hard in an effort tokeep us oriented toward the long-termgoals of CFM. A report will appearshortly outlining the direction for ourfuture actions. Check it out in thisissue of Missouri Wildlife.

    In closing I hope that each of youenjoyed a Happy Holiday Season. Iwish you and yours the very best and aprosperous NEW YEAR.

    During this season we call WIN-TER, make an effort to take a walk infresh-fallen snow or enjoy (if you can)the glitter of an ice-covered landscapeat sunrise.

    Our charge is to be good stewards ofthe fish, forests, and wildlife of ourstate. So get out there and enjoy them!!! Participate at whatever your com-fort level dictates - and YES, take ayoung person with you!!!

    Glenn D. ChambersPresident

    The Missouri Teaming WithWildlife Coalition has reached amilestone with over 200 organi-zations and businesses now

    signed on in support of additional fund-ing for fish, forest and wildlife conserva-tion, education and outdoor recreation.

    The Ozarks Chapter of the MissouriMaster Naturalists became the 200thgroup to join Missouris Coalition. TheMissouri Master Naturalist program isan adult community-based naturalresource education and volunteer serv-ice program with a mission to engageMissourians in the stewardship of natu-ral resources. The Ozarks Chapter islocated in West Plains and has approxi-mately 60 members.

    Missouris Teaming With WildlifeCoalition is made up of a wide variety oforganizations and businesses. Otherrecently added members include the

    Missouri Forest Products Association,Central Missouri Chapter of Safari ClubInternational, Missouri FarmlandPreservation Trust, Eleven Point River

    Conservancy and Midland EmpireAudubon Society.

    To learn more about MissourisTeaming With Wildlife Coalition and to

    add your organization to the coalition,visit http://statewildlife.nwf.org/MO orcontact Amy Buechler (800-575-2322;[email protected]).

    Missouri Teaming With Wildlife Coalition Hits MilestoneOzarks Chapter Of The Missouri Master Naturalists Is 200th Member

  • 4 J A N U A R Y 2 0 0 8

    In October, 2007, our farm becamea Missouri Tree Farm. This year, inMissouri Wildlife, we will run aseries of articles recounting why

    and how this came about. Others havesuggested several times that details ofthis living history may prove useful tosome folks and interesting to manymore.

    Our 376-acre farm in Northeast Mis-souri has 240 acres of forest. A sizeabletract for Clark County, but a minisculepart of Missouris over 14 million acresof forest. I am always amazed by the factthat although most of Missouris forestis in private ownership, a mere 5% or sois under planned management. Onereason for this maybe that we may haveas many as 300,000 forest landowners inMissouri. Doing the math works out toless than 50 acres of forest per landown-er. Not what most of us would considerworth fooling with as an enterprise, Isuppose. There is also the considerationthat some folks think anything to dowith forest management wont pay orthat timber harvest is bad. It furtherappears to me that many folks simply arenot aware that options exist and arereadily available to landowners in Mis-souri who want to better manage theirforests.

    To my family and me, this farm is avery, very special place. It was myGrandfathers farm. My Dad was raisedthere. It is where we learned to hunt. Forgenerations, this land has provided fuelfor heating, lumber for building, gamefor food and recreation, a garden forfamily food and agricultural crops forincome. With the passing of my Grand-parents, Dad wound up with responsibil-ity for this farm as well as the farm heand Mom own and operate. Eventually,desires of our extended family requiredus to take action. My wife and I followedthrough with a long series of negotia-tions and transactions to buy the farm.

    We are not a family of exceptionalwealth, so owning the farm as a purelyrecreational property was not, for us, anoption. We dived right into ownership,then, fully aware that responsible finan-cial management of all parts of the farmwas mandatory. Where to begin?

    We began by seeking the best adviceavailable to us. Such advice is available toall, by the way. We began with a com-plete inventory of the forest, whichserved as the foundation upon which our

    forest management plan is based. Wehired consulting foresters to conduct theinventory, map the stands by soil type,aspect and species composition, and todraw up the management plan. Wedecided on the objective of a productive,healthy and sustainable forest. We decid-ed to emphasize both quality of timberproduction and abundance of wildturkeys as guiding considerations for theplan. Amazingly to me, this inventoryand plan development was accomplishedin weeks, not months. The investmentwe made in planning has proven manytimes over to be our second best invest-ment so far. Second best, that is, to buy-ing the farm in the first place.

    So we began with a plan. If you areabout to buy land, you should do thesame. If you already own forest, buthave no formal plan, we encourage youto get one developed. If you are amongthat tiny minority who already own for-est and have a planwell, dust it off,reread it and see how things are pro-gressing. Any plan is only as effective asits implementation. The estimates of thepositive benefits of bringing more ofMissouris forests under managementare staggering. BILLIONS in revenueevery year. THOUSANDS of additionaljobs statewide. Our forest industryalready pumps over $4 billion each yearinto the Missouri economy. Imagine thehuge benefits of bringing best manage-ment practices to more of our forests.Imagine the increased food and coveravailable to wildlife. Imagine theimproved quality and quantity of timberproduction. Imagine the enhanced pro-tection of watersheds and water sup-plies. Imagine the benefits of protectionfrom invasive plants, animals, diseasesand insects. These are just a few of myreasons for bringing our forest undermanagementfind your own and get aplan!

    Dave MurphyCFM Executive Director

    Forest From The TreesA Missouri Tree Farm Is Born

    The health of AmericasThe health of AmericasThe health of AmericasThe health of AmericasThe health of Americasprivate forestsprivate forestsprivate forestsprivate forestsprivate forests

    depends on youdepends on youdepends on youdepends on youdepends on you

    American Tree Farm System promotesthe sustainable management of foreststhrough education and outreach to familyforest landowners. For information abouthow you can become a part of the Tree Farmprogram contact the Missouri State TreeFarm Committee @ 573-634-3252 or visitwww.treefarmsystem.org

    Missouri Woodland Owners ConferenceFebruary 22-23, Columbia, MO

  • M I S S O U R I W I L D L I F E 5

    Joel LeMaster ReceivesCertificate of Appreciation

    CFM board member Joel LeMaster,of Fulton, recently received a Certifi-cate of Appreciation for his efforts in2006 assisting the Central MissouriChapter of Safari Club InternationalSportsmen Against Hunger and Sharethe Harvest programs. This Certifi-cate was from Safari Club Interna-tional Foundation, headquartered inTucson, AZ. Joel transported over6,200 pounds of venison from meatprocessors to charities in central Mis-souri last year. He received the recog-nition at the Chapters banquet andauction held in Columbia. ThanksJoel for all you do to support Sharethe Harvest.

    Views From The Back FortyThis book, by James P. Jackson, is a

    first person account about rural livingon what had been the back forty of afamily farm. When James Jackson andhis wife purchased the acreage, largelyfor benefit of two growing sons, it gavethe impression of worn-out land. Afterthey lived there 30 years and learned toappreciate its inherent worth, theyviewed it in much better light: as atrove of geological and natural history,a repository of human history, and onefamilies revelations about the enduringvalues of establishing a home on Amer-

    icas rural landscape.After a brief introduction, Jackson

    guides readers through 23 chapters thatblend 15% personal memoir, 15%regional history, and 70% natural his-tory emphasizing ecology whichextends well beyond the back fortysgeographical location in east-centralMissouri.

    James P. Jackson has authored threeother books: The Biography of a Tree,Pulse of the Forest, and Passages of aStream Chronicles of the Meramec.

    This book is available by direct pur-chase from the author, James P. Jack-son, at 13129 Loop Road, Marthasville,MO 63357. Jacksons email address is:[email protected]

    Welcome CFM New Members

    Don Antweiler, Monroe CityJoseph Attardi, PeculiarJason Bartlett, LamarRichard Baskett, ColumbiaRobert Bass, LeasburgMary Rae Bayless, IndependenceLaDonna Beisley, LiberalBrian Bernskoetter, ColumbiaTim Besancenez, PacificSuzanne Bier, PalmyraDudley Billings, LawsonBarbara Bingaman, ViennaJay Blair, OrrickSam & Etta Bonney, WashingtonLinda Bourg, OzarkDon Brasher, ChesterfieldSandra Brumfield, ColumbiaSuzanne Burkhardt, Saint CharlesThomas Burns, Saint Louis

    Thomas Byrd, CharlestonGene Campbell, MonettH. B. Campbell, SikestonRobert Carter, JoplinTom Centorbi, Saint CharlesLarry Chamberlain, LouisianaGerald Clary, SpringfieldRichard Coles, EurekaDon Corrigan, Saint LouisWesley Cravens, IndependenceBill Crossland, RichlandTamara Crowell, Lees SummitJames Currall, Kansas CityRichard Dawson, Kansas CityJoan Domke, New BloomfieldTom Draper, West PlainsSister Marianne Dwyer, Saint LouisDonna Estes, LincolnBryce Evans, ConcordiaDarrell Fender, Fair GroveRoy Fortner, Lees SummitFranks Plumbing & Electric, RollaShirley Gans, RaymoreJames Garoutte, Carl JunctionJohn George, ColumbiaMel Gerber, VersaillesMark Gerling, ColumbiaTim Gibilterra, Saint PetersGary & Lillian Giessow, Saint LouisPreston Gilson, LebanonRay Glassey, Sainte GenevieveArthur Goodall, Lake Saint LouisDarrell Greenwood, CarthageDoug Hagedorn, WashingtonDean Hahne, GeraldJustina Halley, Saint LouisBrian Hammons, StocktonJeffrey Barnes Hanes,

    Shawnee Mission, KSIra Harris, Saint AnnPatsy Hausner, RollaBill Hellebusch, GlasgowDoris Henry, SpringfieldDavid Herreid, KirkwoodTerri Hoffman, SpringfieldBarrett Hoffstetter, BallwinGeraldine Holt, Lees SummitIdeaman Inc., UnionPatricia Janovsky, FlorissantRod Jetton, Marble HillBetty Johnson, Kansas CityLynne Johnson, ColumbiaFrank Julian, ColumbiaArvil Kappelmann, WashingtonBill Keck, CosbyEdward Kemp, HillsboroLarry King, Lees SummitAaron Kinsler, ElsberryTheodore Kranitz, Saint JosephRick Kreitner, Saint LouisJohn Kunz, Saint LouisWilliam Lampros, ChesterfieldKenneth Laune, BallwinIrwin Levitan, BallwinDon Light, PerryvilleMaurice Lonsway, WentzvilleBill & Joanne Lowe, West PlainsGloria Maguire, Saint Louis

    Steve Maritz, Saint LouisRebecca Matthews, SpringfieldGeorge McCleary, TruxtonBill McGuire, Jefferson CityDennie Meeker, Saint LouisMichael Menner, OFallonDolores Meyer, BallwinGerald Meyer, WentzvilleSteven Miller, FlorissantAnton Monroe, Kansas CitySelah Moore, PerryvilleSteve Mowry, TrimbleKenneth Murphy, SalemBobbie Neufeld, SpringfieldJohn & Anita OConnell, Saint LouisPaul Ohlendorf, Saint LouisGary Oliver, Saint LouisCharlie OReilly, SpringfieldKyle Ouzts, DexterRichard Pedroley, FultonDavid Percifull, Saint LouisAnna Peterson, Saint JosephBarbara Pickett, ColumbiaBecky Plattner, Malta BendMike Pollakowski, OdessaDennis Poole, PattonPaul & Mary Potthoff, SpringfieldMike Purcell, AshlandPurina Mills Inc., Saint JosephGopinath Rao, ColumbiaSusan Reed, Saint LouisKenneth Riney, ChesterfieldEarl Ross, ChesterfieldB. H. Rucker, Jefferson CitySaint Louis Post Dispatch, Saint LouisEarl Samel, Saint LouisJim Schiller, Saint LouisDale Schott, DeSotoPam Sebastian, SlaterDonna Setterberg, HannibalSeth Slocum, WashingtonMary Jo Smith, Saint CharlesLinda Stratman, LibertyDonald Streett, Saint LouisKathi Streiler, FlorissantRobert Strickler, Kansas CitySuzanne Stringer, RepublicDede Supino, Kansas CityRose Swadley, BallwinWesley Swift Jr., SedaliaLloyd Tanner, JoplinJohn Taylor, Kansas CityC. W. Tindall, FayetteWilliam Trunko, Saint LouisWayne Turner, EldonTim Viebrock, RogersvilleAnnis Wallis, Poplar BluffJames Wanstreet, Saint LouisWilliam Warnecker, GrandviewRobert Wehnert, FentonJoe Werth, Jefferson CityAlbert Whitacre, ColumbiaJohn White, Excelsior SpringsLeonard White, CamdentonMark Williams, IndependenceMarjorie Yates, LibertyStephen Yates, LurayRobert Zagar, Saint Louis

    NEWSA COLLECTION OF STORIES FROM AROUND THE STATEAND ISSUES

  • 6 J A N U A R Y 2 0 0 8

    Conservation Federation of Missouri2008 Resource Committee Meetings

    The Lodge of Four Seasons

    Saturday, February 23

    * Please call the Conservation Federation of Missouri at (800) 575-2322 if you have any questions concerning the committee meetings.

    Plenary Session 8:00 - 8:45

    Natural Resource Committee Meetings

    9:00 - 10:30Camping, Hiking Trails & Water SportsChair: Scoop Peery Vice Chair: Linda Hanley

    Conservation Education, Youth Activities, Public Information & Wildlife Week

    Chair: Diana Mulick Vice Chair: Al Vogt

    Deer, Wild Turkey & Ruffed GrouseChair: Eldo Meyer Vice Chair: Mark Stuppy

    ForestryChair: John Knudsen

    Rivers & StreamsChair: Burt Stewart Vice Chair: Mark Van Patten

    Waterfowl & WetlandsChair: Bill Hilgeman Vice Chair: Bill Truebe

    Quail & Quail HabitatChair: Tom Lampe

    Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste & RecyclingChair: Matt Gaunt Vice Chair: Sara Parker

    Natural Resource Committee Meetings

    11:00 - 12:30Archery Chair: Tom Dickerson Vice Chair: Jeff Friedman

    Ecology, Environment & Energy Chair: Gary Baclesse Vice Chair: Duane Kelly

    Fisheries & Water ResourcesChair: Tom Russell Vice Chair: Norman Leppo

    Natural History & WildlandsChair: Herman Hanley Vice Chair: Bruce Schuette

    ParksChair: Ron Coleman Vice Chair: Richard Ash

    Small Game & FurbearersChair: Robert Wilson Vice Chair: Jerry Hamilton

    Sportsmens Rights, Firearms & Hunter SafetyChair: Marvin Behnke Vice Chair: Orlin Browning

    Global WarmingChair: Cara Stuckel

    Vice Chair: Elsa Gallagher

  • CONFERENCE-AT-A-GLANCEFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

    1:00 - 7:00 pm Registration Open 12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch break (on your own) 7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast (on your own)

    3:00 - 5:00 pm Board Meeting 1:30 - 2:30 pm Resolutions Committee Meeting 8:30 am Resolutions General Session

    7:30 - 9:00 pmAnnual Conservation AwardsCeremony

    1:30 - 2:30 pmMissouri Legislative Caucus PanelDiscussion

    2:30 - 3:30 pmOperation Game Thief CommitteeMeeting

    4:00 - 5:00 pmAnnual Business Meeting ofDelegates

    5:30 - 7:00 pm Social Hour & Silent Auction

    8:00 - 8:45 am Plenary Session7:00 - 8:00 pm

    8:30 pm

    Banquet

    Live Auction9:00 - 12:30 pm Resource Committee Meetings

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    ACCOMMODATIONSLodging arrangements must be made directly with the Lodge of Four Seasons (573) 365-3000 or (800) 843-5253.Room rates are $74/night for single or double occupancy while room block lasts.

    2008 Awards Ceremony is sponsored byBass Pro Shops

    (#1) Member Pkg - All sessions, Awards Ceremony,Access to silent auction. (#2) One-day Member Pkg - All Daily Sessions,Access to silent auction.(#3) Non Member Pkg - All sessions, AwardsCeremony, Access to silent auction, One-year CFM Membership.(#4) Non Member One-Day Pkg All Daily Sessions, Access to silent auction, and One-year CFM Membership.

    5:00 - 7:30 pm Dinner Break (on your own)

    Registration Packages Pre-Registration Registration Fee(by February 9)

    (#1) Member $20.00/person $

    (#2) One-day Member $10.00/person $

    (#3) Non Member $40.00/person $

    (#4) One-day Non Member $30.00/person $

    Banquet $40.00/person $

    Total Registration: $

    SATURDAY AFTERNOON PROGRAMS FAMILY PROGRAMS

    7:00 - 8:00 am Breakfast (on your own)

    12:00 pm Adjourn

    Mail Registration To:

    CFM728 West Main StreetJefferson City, MO 65101

    Subject to change

    Come Home To Conservation72nd CFM Annual Conference - REGISTER NOW!

    CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

    Annual Conservation Awards Ceremony Policy DiscussionsNatural Resource Committee Reports Meet Conservation & Natural Resource LeadersTeaming With Wildlife Rally Banquet Auction

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

  • Strategic Planning CommitteeArticle 6 Section 2 (f) The dutyof this committee is to make rec-ommendations to the President

    and the Board of Directors for futureactions or positions of the Federation.

    The members of the Strategic Plan-ning Committee shall be appointed bythe President who shall also designatethe chairman of the committee. Thereshall be a minimum of five members on

    the committee all of whom must be Fed-eration members in good standing.

    Article 6 Section 2 (g) Committees on

    and recommend policies and programscalled for on their titled subjects, as list-ed hereafterbeing The Committee on:

    Conservation Education, YouthActivities, Public Information, andWildlife Week

    Ecology, Environment, and Energy

    Parks Forestry Deer, Wild Turkey, and Ruffed Grouse Small Game and Furbearers Fisheries and Water Resources Waterfowl and Wetlands Natural History and Wildlands Camping, Hiking Trails, and Water

    Sports Sportsmans Rights, Firearms, and

    Hunter Safety

    Archery Rivers and Streams Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, and

    Recycling Quail and Quail Habitat Global WarmingSaid committees shall give attention

    to their clotted responsibilities and shallcooperate with each other to help over-come the diverse and interconnectedproblems of natural resources.

    CFM Bylaws As Amended By The Board Of DirectorsOctober 14, 2007

    8 J A N U A R Y 2 0 0 8

    The CFM Strategic PlanningCommittee met at the CFMoffice on December 4, 2007,with all committee members

    plus CFM President Glenn Chambers,CFM 1st Vice President Mike Schallonand CFM Executive Director Dave Mur-phy present. The agenda centeredaround how CFM should look in 2013,or about five years down the road. Fol-lowing is a summary of key items dis-cussed:

    Discussed was CFMs success in pasttimes as an innovator. We have hadgreat success in initiating new programsand either spinning them off or carryingthem forward in CFMs name.

    There was lengthy discussion of theproposed conservation summit andgeneral agreement that we should urgethe convening committee to consider afollow-up. There was some discussionas to whether the summit should be heldevery year or every few years on somekind of schedule. The summit should be

    given high priority in 2008. Purpose ofthe summit is to see where conservationis going in Missouri and it shouldinvolve many diverse organizations.

    Discussed was the ConservationLeadership Corps and ways to involveyounger people in the conservationeffort.

    We propose that CFM should makevery clear that we address issues andnot individuals. We have a very largeand diverse membership and representall areas of the state. While we are veryactive supporting or opposing legisla-tion that impacts conservation weengage in issues of conservation andrarely or not at all the individuals thatare involved. It should be stated in theCFM brochure that we are a non-parti-san organization.

    We believe that the states many edu-cational institutions are a rare resourcethat we need to improve our associa-tion with as much as possible. At thesame time we need to improve in every

    way possible our association with theLegislature and Executive Department ofthe state. The Sportsmens Caucus in theLegislature is a case in point. Thisorganization is all important to the CFMand should be cultivated and supportedas much as possible.

    There was a long and serious dis-cussion of our resource committees.We probably are not supporting themenough. The CFM is bound in manyways to the output of these all impor-tant groups. We believe that the CFMleadership should move in several waysto improve the environment they workin. Probably needed are fewer commit-tees and a system of sub-committeeswhere special interests are involved.This should make for an easier selec-tion of committee personnel andresource personnel. Success of eachresource committee depends on thecommittee having stable leadership.The guide for committee chairpersonsrecently prepared by John Knudsen

    should be very helpful to each commit-tee. Having the resource sub-commit-tees meet before the regular resourcecommittee meetings are held at theCFM annual convention may beworthwhile. One suggestion was thatthe sub-committees might meet insomeones hotel room on Fridayevening. Depending on the issues itcould be that some sub-committeesmight find it desirable to meet varioustimes throughout the year.

    We need to put the CFM video onDVD and get more board membersshowing it at meetings in their areas.

    The Go Fish program in St. Louisneeds to be reviewed and may need tobe inaugurated in other areas of thestate as a method for recruiting moreanglers and getting more peopleinvolved in conservation and conserva-tion related outdoor activities.

    We need to get more major busi-nesses and foundations involved insupporting CFM with donations.

    CFM Strategic Planning CommitteeSummary Of Discussions And Recommendations December 4, 2007, Meeting

    Conserve Life: SLOW DOWNMore than 1,100 people die on Missouri highways each year.

    Dont become a statistic. Conserve life by slowing down and by always making sure your seatbelt is buckled.

    BUCKLE UP

    Resources and Activities shall develop

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    Yearly Missouri Wildlife ArtFestival Successful Again

    The Third Annual MissouriWildlife Art Festival was heldin historic downtown St.Charles, Missouri, at the

    Foundry Arts Centre November 3 and 4,2007.Visitors from around the stateattended the festival which featuredmore than 30 top-notch wildlife artistsfrom Missouri and across the nation.The event featured paintings, photogra-phy, bronzes and carvings.

    In addition to the array of artwork, aduck call and retriever demonstrationtook place Saturday morning. GerryBoehm and his award-winning goldenretrievers demonstrated their skills forthe crowd. This special demonstrationwas a great kick off to the weekends fes-tivities. The festival also featured local

    collector, Paul Mydlers antique duckdecoy exhibit as well as a display of theJunior Duck Stamp Competition.Crown Valley Winery treated the visitorswith a special wine tasting on Saturday.

    This unique event was sponsored bythe Conservation Federation of Mis-souri (CFM) in partnership with theMissouri Wildlife Artist Society and twoSt. Louis Area conservation groups, theGreenway Network and the Open SpaceCouncil for the St. Louis Region.

    Proceeds from the festival wenttowards scholarship money for studentspursuing conservation related degreesand also benefited area conservationprojects for the Greenway Network andthe Open Space Council for the St. LouisRegion.

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    Meramec River: MiraclesAnd Milestones To Premier

    Anew documentary commem-orating 40 years of MeramecRiver restoration will premierMarch 11, 2008, at 7:00 PM at

    the Sheldon Concert Hall in downtownSt. Louis, Missouri.

    The film, Meramec River: Miraclesand Milestones, is a product of twoevents held in 2007 that celebrated therivers renaissance. These events were the6-day, 108-mile Meramec River MediaFloat and the Meramec River BasinSummit.

    Professionally produced by award-winning videographers John Baker andJim Karpowitz, the film will cover such

    topics as river history, conservation, out-door recreation and the economic valueof the Meramec Basin to the region andState of Missouri.

    An admission of $10.00 includes theviewing of the film, a keynote speaker,live music and refreshments. The film ispresented by the Open Space Councilfor the St. Louis Region in support ofMeramec River Tributary Alliance ini-tiatives.

    If you are interested in attending orfor more information, please contactthe Open Space Council at 636-451-6090 or by email at [email protected]

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    Hunters and others who enjoyMissouris deer herd have anopportunity to influence thefuture of deer management.

    A series of 16 public forums are sched-uled in January and February to get pub-lic input.

    Missouris deer herd is estimated at 1to 1.5 million and supports an annualharvest of nearly 300,000. Deer huntingexpenditures now impact the state econ-omy by almost $500 million each year.

    Over the past few years, hunting regu-lations focused upon the desire toachieve sustainable deer numbers. Onegoal of the states deer-management pro-gram is to ensure that deer huntingopportunities meet hunters expectationsfor quality and quantity. Another impor-tant goal is to keep the negative impactsof human-deer interactions, such as cropdamage and vehicle incidents, fromreaching unacceptable levels.

    To ensure that it can meet these goalsin the future, the Conservation Depart-ment continually considers and testshunting regulation changes that enableit to regulate the number of doesfemale deertaken by hunters eachyear.

    Doe harvest is the key to controllingdeer numbers, said ConservationDepartment Resource Scientist LonnieHansen. It takes only a small number ofbucks to mate with female deer and keepa population growing. Taking does outof the population is the only effectiveway to prevent a herd from growing orreduce its size when necessary.

    For the past four years, the Conserva-tion Department tested a regulationdesigned to increase the percentage of

    does in the harvest each year. The goalis to develop a method of shifting thesex ratio of the deer herd perma-nently toward a decreased per-centage of does. Then, shouldthere ever be a decline in thedeer harvest; the populationshould remain in check.

    The regulation cur-rently being testedprohibits hunters in29 counties from shooting bucks that donot have at least four 1-inch points onone side of their antlers. The idea is toforce hunters in the test area to pass upshots at some antlered deer and increasethe odds that they will see and shootantlerless deer, most of which are female.

    The regulation has not shifted asmuch harvest pressure onto does as wehad hoped, said Hansen. It hasincreased the doe harvest a little in somecounties, and it is having the secondaryeffect of producing more large-antlereddeer in the pilot area. A lot of hunters arevery happy about that. In fact, a lot ofhunters in other areas say they wouldlike to see the four-point rule in theirareas. But we need to keep fine-tuningour regulations to ensure that huntingremains an effective deer-managementtool.

    Whether to continue or expand thefour-point rule is one of several ques-tions the Conservation Departmentwants Missourians to answer in theupcoming public meetings. Also underconsideration is a shift in some of thefive deer hunting segmentsyouth,urban, November firearms, muzzle-loader and antlerlessto other times inthe fall. Again, the goal would be to

    increase doe harvest and meet grow-ing hunter interest in managing for

    older bucks.We are considering moving

    the antlerless portion of thefirearms deer season into

    October, said Hansen,setting the opening of

    the November por-tion on the weekendbefore Thanksgiv-

    ing and moving the muzzleloader por-tion to late December.

    He said these changes could increasethe number of deer taken by huntersbefore the rut, when many deer are mostactive near roadways. It also could allowmore breeding to occur before largenumbers of bucks are harvested. Thatwould allow big bucks to pass on theirtraits to the next generation of deerbefore they were removed from the genepool.

    These changes provide benefits forall deer hunting groups, said Hansen.Firearms hunters would still get to huntthe rut and would have the Thanksgiv-ing holidays to hunt. Many could huntdeer in October, when weather is milder.Archers would get an extra week ofhunting in mid-November, and muzzle-loader hunters would have a better

    opportunity because deer would havetime to settle down after the Novemberportion.

    Presenting alternative season timingoptions during public meetings will helpthe Conservation Department gaugepublic support or opposition. Shouldany changes become final, they wouldnot go into effect until 2009 to givehunters enough advance notice to setvacations.

    The final decision about changes todeer hunting regulations will be made bythe Conservation Commission based oncitizen preferences and scientific data,said Hansen.We consider these meetingsan extremely important part of theprocess. No hunting regulation can suc-ceed unless it has widespread popularsupport, so we need to find out what peo-ple will support and what they wont.

    A schedule of deer managementmeetings and a video clip of the Depart-ments proposal can be found atmdc.mo.gov/16184.

    Missourians can also express theirthoughts about deer management inwriting by sending mail to MissouriDepartment of Conservation, DeerManagement, Resource Science Divi-sion, 1110 S. College Ave., Columbia,MO 65201.

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    AGENCY NEWS

    Its been just a little more than twoyears since the worst man-madedisaster in the history of Missouri.On Dec. 14, 2005, a breach at

    Amerens Taum Sauk reservoir sent 1.3billion gallons of water through themain use area ofJohnsons Shut-InsState Park. Thisbreach injured thepark superintendentand his family, dam-aged much of thepark and affected theEast Fork of the Black River and thelower Taum Sauk Reservoir.

    In addition to the immediate damagecaused by this devastating event, theTaum Sauk breach cost local businessowners valuable tourism dollars, andMissouris economy and the state parksystem were affected as a result of damageto Johnsons Shut-Ins State Park. Now,thanks to a settlement recently reached

    between the State of Missouri andAmeren, we may begin to tackle the sig-nificant amount of work that lies ahead.

    According to the agreement, Amerenis required to restore and rebuild thearea in and around Johnsons Shut-InsState Park at an estimated value of $52million. The park will be rebuilt accord-ing to a master plan that received publicreview before being approved. Amerenalso is required to compensate the statefor expenses incurred as we have workedto repair water quality along the BlackRiver. This work has already begun andparts of Johnsons Shut-Ins State Parkwere opened during the summermonths.

    To help offset the loss to Missouri citi-zens of recreational opportunities andnatural resources that occurred as aresult of the breach, Gov. Blunt, the stateagencies and the Attorney General nego-tiated for the right-of-way to connect theKaty Trail to Kansas City, and Gov. Blunt

    recently asked the departments of Natur-al Resources and Conservation to createa new state park on the Current River.Ameren also is required to pay $11.8 mil-lion to the Department of NaturalResources State Parks Earnings Fund.Gov. Matt Blunt recently announced thatthis money will be used, in part, to helpbuild a new state park on the CurrentRiver in Shannon County. It is our hope

    that this will help compensate the citi-zens of Missouri for the loss we all suf-fered as a result of the reservoir breach.

    The new park will be located on thesite of the former Alton Club/Jerry J.Presley Conservation Education Center,which is currently owned by the Mis-souri Department of Conservation. TheAlton Club was constructed in the 1930sas a corporate retreat for the Alton BoxBoard Co. The buildings at the sitereflect the influence of rustic architec-ture popular in camp and park buildingsin the first half of the 20th century. Gov.Blunt has asked us, and we have agreed,to continue to provide hunting opportu-nities, including special hunts for youthhunters and for hunters with disabilities,within the park. The property will betransferred to the Department of Natur-al Resources in 2008.

    In addition to funding this new statepark, the Taum Sauk settlement also willenable the Department of NaturalResources to connect Katy Trail StatePark to the Kansas City area. Throughthe settlement, the department willreceive a perpetual license to build a bik-ing and hiking trail parallel to the RockIsland Railroad from Windsor to Pleas-ant Hill. This new trail will link KatyTrail State Park at Windsor to the KansasCity area.

    Other highlights of the settlementinclude the establishment of a localTourism and Economic DevelopmentTrust Fund to promote tourism in thearea and evaluate the need for a waste-water treatment facility for the town ofLesterville; compensation for theReynolds County School Fund; estab-lishment of a Reynolds County Educa-tional Enrichment Fund; creation of afish habitat and recreational opportuni-ties in the Lower Reservoir; developmentof a more natural flow schedule for theEast Fork of the Black River; compensa-tion to the Missouri Conservation Com-mission Fund for natural resource dam-ages; and a guarantee that no costsassociated with the breach will be passedon to Ameren rate paying customers.

    While the events that took place onthat cold morning in December cannever be erased from Missouri history,we believe this is an important step tocorrecting some of the damage that hasbeen done.

    Doyle ChildersDirector, DNR

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    Department Director Doyle Childers signs the Tom Sauk consent judgment with Division of State Parks Director Doug Eiken.

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    Since 1994, the ConservationFoundation of Missouri Charita-ble Trust (CFMCT) has been apart of Earth Share of Missouri,

    an organization that enables more peo-ple to support environmental causes inan easy, highly efficient way. Donationsto Earth Share of Missouri have totaledmore than $1 million, with $46,900 ofthat going to CFMCT to date. At thistime, CFMCT receives an average of$5,000 every year.

    CFMCT was a founding affiliatewhen Earth Share began as the MissouriEnvironmental Fund. Today, Earth Shareof Missouri is a federation that repre-sents 72 local, regional, national andinternational non-profit environmentalorganizations. In addition to theCFMCT, Earth Share of Missouri repre-sents familiar names such as The NatureConservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Mis-souri Parks Association, Missouri Botan-ical Garden, National Audubon Society,Ozark Regional Land Trust, and many

    more worthy organizations and institu-tions. Please visit Earth Shares Web sitewww.earthsharemo.org for a completelist.

    Earth Shares principal mission isfundraising via workplace-giving cam-paigns on behalf of these organizations.An important secondary accomplish-ment is general awareness building ofimportant environmental work. Thefederation enables employees to make asingle donation that benefits a full spec-trum of environmental causes, address-ing issues from protecting the Mississip-pi and Amazon rivers to Missouriprairies and Brazilian rainforests. Parks,trails, clean air, clean water, recycling,conservation, preservation of plants,wild animals, natural habitat, and envi-ronmental education are all accomplish-ments of Earth Share organizations. Allof the Earth Share-affiliated organiza-tions are doing something that works toimprove the health of ecosystems onplanet earth, and thereby is beneficial to

    the health and welfare of human beings.Federation members are well aware of

    CFMCTs programs. The Foundationmanages the Turner Katy Trail Shelter inTebbetts, Missouri on the Katy Trail,provides funding for the FederationsConservation Leadership Corps and theConservationist of the Year Awards, gives

    conservation education grants andscholarships and tailors special pro-grams for donors who want to do some-thing special for conservation.

    Earth Share of Missouri and all of theaffiliated organizations are classified as501(c)3 organizations, and contributionsare tax-deductible as defined by the IRS.Contributions may be shared with all ofthe Earth Share organizations, or donorsmay specify that their gift go to theirfavorite environmental organization(s).Currently Earth Share is offered in manyworkplaces, including federal employeesCombined Federal Campaign (CFMCTis CFC# 67305); Missouri State employ-ees (MSECC #8407), a number of citiesand counties, HOK Architects, United-Health Care, Bass Pro Shops, AmericanAirlines, and others.

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    In August 2006, Missouri votersdemonstrated their continuedappreciation of Missouris award-winning system of state parks and

    state historic sites by once again givingoverwhelming approval to the parks, soiland water tax. Our state park users con-tinue to provide positive feedbackthrough commentcards and surveys.Volunteers show theirenthusiasm with theirhelping hands. Andevery year, hundredsof thousands of Mis-sourians demonstrate their excitementfor this system by routinely visiting oneof our 83 state parks or state historicsites. So now, we face an important chal-lenge: Finding ways to maintain this levelof interest well into the future.

    In response to Gov. Blunts challengeto use our resources efficiently, the Mis-souri Department of Natural Resources

    recently launched a visioning project tohelp ensure that its able to continue tomaintain this level of support for Mis-souris 83 state parks and historic sites.Employees in the departments Divisionof State Parks have already started thisprocess by brainstorming a range ofinnovative ideas to maintain andimprove this system. Now we need yourhelp.

    I encourage you to take a few minutesto visit our Web site atwww.mostateparks.com/visioning.htmand see some of the many ideas thathave already been gathered. While the

    department may not be able to use all ofthem right now, as additional funding orother opportunities become availabledown the road, we will revisit many ofthese suggestions. Our goal for thevisioning process is to gather a pool ofcreative ideas from which to draw in thefuture.

    Public input is critical to this process.Some of the most successful programsweve implemented in recent years havecome from public comment. Our camp-ground reservation system, for example,is a direct result of feedback from statepark visitors who wanted a system inplace that would ensure a campsitewould be available to them when plan-ning an overnight visit. We hope thisvisioning process will garner more ideasthat will help us better tailor our parksto the needs of Missouris citizens.

    Missouris award-winning state parksystem recently celebrated its 90thanniversary. Though this system hasconsistently provided inexpensive, funand educational opportunities for thepast nine decades, the world around ushas changed considerably. Keeping upwith the many trends that affect statepark attendance requires a great deal ofadaptability.

    One of the greatest challenges wevenoticed recently is a shift toward staying

    indoors. Its much more difficult now todraw people out of their homes than itonce was. We hope this visioning processwill garner ideas that will help us lurepeople back outside to enjoy camping,fishing, picnicking, swimming, bird-watching and strolling in Missourisstate parks and historic sites.

    Maintaining a state park system thatattracts users helps ensure that Missouriscitizens stay active and healthy. Thetourism these parks and historic sitesgenerate also injects hundreds of millionsof dollars into our states economy.

    Helping people reconnect with ournatural resources is also crucial to thecontinued protection of our naturalresources. Those who have had thesheer joy of the blazing fall colors alongthe banks of the Missouri River, a quiet,snowy stream in winter or trout fishingin early spring understand why its soimportant to protect Missouris air, landand water quality. If todays youth losetouch with the outdoors, where willtomorrows environmental leaders comefrom?

    The benefits of maintaining enthusi-asm for Missouris state parks and his-toric sites are numerous. If youve evervisited a state park or state historic site,chances are youve got great ideas forimprovements that will help us do that.Use the feedback form on our Web siteto submit your suggestions. I encourageyou to get involved and help us shape thefuture of our parks system.

    Doug EikenMissouri Department of Natural Resources

    Division of State Parks Director

    Missouris State Parks: Maintaining Excellence

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    FUNDRAISER BANQUETSJAN 11: Crowleys Ridge Limbhangers, ElksLodge, Dexter; Kyle Ouzts (573) 624-5505JAN 11: Grindstone Gobblers Spring, LakeViking Club House, Gallatin; Clint Vanatta(660) 663-2141JAN 18: Bayou Strutters, Top of Town Ban-quet Hall, East Prairie; Tim Kavan (573-823-6366JAN 19: Current River Callers, Winona HighSchool, Winona; Troy McAfee (573) 325-4930JAN 19: Lincoln Hill, Lincoln Hill Fair-grounds, Troy; Bruce Wilcockson (636)462-2095JAN 19: Union Covered Bridge Gobblers,American Legion Hall, Paris; Bruce Mills(573) 685-2374JAN 24: Mid-State, Bass Pro Shops, Colum-bia; Bernard Grice (573) 445-6967JAN 25: Ozark Greenway Thunderin Gob-blers, Willard Community Building,Willard; Jason Bussard (417) 830-1535JAN 25: Southern Ozark Longbeards,National Guard Armory, Doniphan; AlanSlayton (573) 857-2119JAN 26: Benton County Thunderin Gob-blers, Knights of Columbus Hall, Warsaw;Josh Young (660) 547-2535JAN 26: Delta Bootheel Gobblers, EaglesHall, Kennett; Lynn Smith (573) 888-0054JAN 26: Ray County Shortspurs, Ray Coun-ty Veterans Memorial Building, Richmond;Mark McCorkendale (660) 398-4785

    JAN 26: Tick Ridge, Expo Center, Macon;Jamie Barton (660) 395-9541FEB 1: Hocomo Big Beards, Saint JosephHall, Fayette; Gene Smith (660) 248-5191FEB 1: Lost Creek Longbeards, InnsbrookResort, Wright City; Gary Janes (636) 290-8310FEB 1: Rogersville Strutters, First BaptistChurch, Rogersville; Clay Robinson (417)753-5035FEB 2: Chariton River Full Strutters, Knightof Columbus Hall, Salisbury; GeorgeSchupback (660) 288-3168FEB 2: Clearwater Longbeards, PattersonCommunity Center, Patterson; Richie Ayers(573) 223-2356FEB 2: Cooper County Limbhangers,Knights of Columbus Hall, Boonville; SabeCaton (573) 450-1048FEB 2: Gateway Long Spurs, Knights ofColumbus Hall, Saint Paul; Dan Zerr (636)625-1608FEB 7: Shaky Ground Gobblers, SharpsBanquet Hall, New Madrid; Bud Henry(573) 748-5999FEB 8: Indian Creek Chapter, Newton Coun-ty Fairgrounds 4H Building, Neosho;Danny Bailey (417) 529-9666FEB 9: Bootheel Boss Gobblers, BavarianHall, Jackson; Bronson Senn (573) 264-2470FEB 9: Truman Lake Chapter, Benson Con-vention Center, Clinton; Danny Bailey(660) 477-3566FEB 9: Twin Lake Longspurs, SmithsRestaurant, Bolivar; Justin Hunt (417)282-5298FEB 9: Youngs Creek Strutters, Holy SpiritMulti Purpose Building, Centralia; EddieSchultz (573) 682-1900FEB 15: Kingdom of Callaway Limbhangers,Saint Peters Catholic Church, Fulton;John Burk (573) 676-5994FEB 15: Meramec Valley Strutters, EaglesHall, Sullivan; Melinda Twyman (573)468-5010FEB 15: Ozark County Hootin & Gobblin,Vaughts Family Restaurant, Gainsville;John Phillips (417) 256-9141FEB 16: Black Mountain Longbeards, Fred-ericktown Middle School, Fredericktown;Russ Parker (573) 783-6876FEB 16: Dent County Thundering Toms,Indian Trail Archery, Salem; Cheryl Smith(573) 729-7563FEB 16: Grand River Gobblers, AmericanLegion Hall, Bethany; Ronnie Graham(660) 425-8126FEB 16: South Grand River, Cass CountyLodge 2791, Harrisonville; Roger Benson(816) 380-2266FEB 22: Sand Burr Strutters, Elks Lodge,Sikeston; Tony Beeson (573) 380-5433FEB 23: Little Platte Longbeards, LathropCommunity Center, Lathrop; Eric Dennis(816) 539-3558FEB 26: Summit Ridge Longbeards, SaintAndrews Catholic Church, Holts Summit;Jeff Demand (573) 596-5608FEB 29: Fountain City Strutters, ElksLodge, DeSoto; Patrick Gant (636) 931-0054FEB 29: Lake of the Ozarks Chapter, Tri-County Convention Center, Versailles; MarkStafford (573) 378-0435FEB 29: Tabo Creek Thunderin Toms, Amer-ican Legion Hall, Higginsville; Mark Lam-phier (660) 584-6397

    CALLING CONTESTSJAN 19: MO/KA Riverbend Open, SaintJoseph; Ryan Smith (816) 248-4790JAN 27: Quad Lakes; Brent Billings (417)644-0021FEB 9: Ozark Regional Championship,Greater Ozark Region Outdoor AdventureSports Show, West Plains Civic Center,West Plains; Rick Shaddox (417) 372-0143FEB 21-24: Grand National Championships,Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta,GA; Tammy Condrey (800) 843-6983 x:3742

    WHEELIN SPORTSMEN BENEFITSJAN 5: Show Me Awards, Lake Ozark;Bernard Grice (573) 445-6967

    MISSOURI PARKS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATIONJAN 23: Legislative Day, Jefferson CityFEB 26-29: Conference, Lodge of Four Sea-sons, Lake Ozark

    MISSOURI PARKS ASSOCIATIONFEB 5: Wildcat Glades Program, WildcatGlades Conservation and Nature Center,Joplin; Kevin Badgley (417) 629-3423

    MISSOURI SMALLMOUTH ALLIANCEJAN 18: An Evening with Stacey King, Pow-der Valley Conservation Nature Center,KirkwoodJAN 23: Monthly Meeting; Les Anderhub(314) 894-8945 or Matt Wier (314) 647-1679FEB 6-10: 54th Annual Saint Louis Boatand Sports Show, Americas Center andEdward Jones Dome, Saint Louis; DavidPins (314) 846-4251FEB 20: Monthly Meeting; Les Anderhub(314) 894-8945 or Matt Wier (314) 647-1679

    OZARK FLY FISHERSJAN 1: Membership Dues DeadlineJAN 26: Annual BanquetFEB 23: All Day Meeting

    POMME DE TERRE CHAPTER MUSKIESJAN 9-13: Kansas City Sports ShowJAN 11-13: Chicago Muskie ShowJAN 25-27: Columbia Sports ShowFEB 6-10: Saint Louis Sport Show

    SOUTHWEST MISSOURI FLY FISHERSJAN 10: Monthly Meeting, SpringfieldNature Center, Springfield (6:00pm 9:00pm)FEB 11: Close of Catch and Release Fish-ing, Missouri Trout ParksFEB 14: Monthly Meeting, SpringfieldNature Center, Springfield (6:00pm 9:00pm)FEB 23: 6th Annual Tri Lakes Fishing Expo,Assembly of God Church, Bridgeton(9:00am 6:00pm)

    CFM EVENTSJAN 12: CFM Board Meeting, Big CedarLodge, BransonFEB 22-24: CFM Annual Convention, Lodgeof Four Seasons, Lake Ozark

    M I S S O U R I F E S T I V A L S A N D A F F I L I A T E E V E N T SCALENDAR

  • If there are any errors in your name andaddress, if youve moved from this address, or if you plan to move, please notify us at Missouri Wildlife, 728 W. Main, Jefferson City, MO 65101 or call (800) 575-2322.

    CALENDAR Theres so much happening, we neededmore room! See page 15 for event listings.

    From Rooftops To Roads: Shingle Recycling

    REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE

    For the average recycler, tossingpaper into the assigned bin orrinsing out the aluminum canfor its next journey is an every-

    day thing. Many businesses, though,have literally tons of less common mate-rials that can be diverted from the wastestream and recycled. Recycling these canbe a bit more complicated, but can havea huge impact. One among them isroofing material.

    For more than two years, the MissouriDepartment of Transportation has beenallowing contractors to put used tear-offshingles in the mix to create betterasphalt for Missouri roads. The resultingproduct is stronger, more durable, rutresistant, cracks less, no effect on mois-ture sensitivity and cheaper than tradi-tional asphalt mixes. Missouri and Min-nesota lead the country in this effort.

    According to statistics provided bythe Missouri Department of NaturalResources, roofing materials account for

    nearly 150,000 tons of the waste going tolandfills each year. The U.S. Environ-mental Protection Agency estimatesnearly 11 million tons of waste shingleswill be generated annually in the UnitedStates.

    Primarily, tear-off shingles are usedin the process of creating asphalt. Crewsgo through the tons of shingles and pullout wood bits and nails that cannot gointo the mix. The shingles are thenground down and screened before beingadded to the asphalt.

    Using shingles in asphalt also helpslower costs. The savings can be any-where from $3 to $5 a ton. This may notseem like a lot, but when you are pur-chasing 10,000 tons of asphalt, you aresaving $30,000 to $50,000. The amountof liquid asphalt is also decreased by 20to 50 percent, reducing the use of oil.

    This is just one more example of howrecycling saves landfill space, naturalresources and money. For more infor-

    mation about rooftop shingle recycling,visit the Web site www.shinglerecy-cling.org or visit www.modot.mo.gov.For more information about recycling,

    please visit the Missouri Department ofNatural Resources Web site atwww.dnr.mo.gov/swmp or call 1-800-361-4827.

    The states Department of Transportation allows tear-off shingles to be recycled into road asphalt.

    Reduce Reuse Recycle

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