Resources Program Deadline Next Week

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Missouri students have until March 1 to apply for a place in the Conservation Honors Program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources.

Conservation Honors gives 48 of the state's top high school students a week of hands-on training in natural resource management. MDC designed the program to encourage high-ability students to pursue careers in natural resources.

Applications are available at high schools statewide. Only students currently in their junior year are eligible to apply. Students will learn in April whether they've been selected.

Those accepted will spend June 18-23 at the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. The program will include field trips to MDC areas to learn about conservation firsthand.

The training includes forest, fish and wildlife management.

"They learn the same kinds of things that MDC staff use when they are out in the field," said Elaine Callaway, one of two coordinators of the program.

She said students will learn how to gauge the quality of timber, how to determine the age of fish and how to improve habitat for wildlife.

They also will apply their new knowledge. Half the week will be spent in smaller groups developing management plans for Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area south of Columbia.

About 50 natural resource professionals from MDC, the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will work with students.

Accommodations, meals and transportation during training are free. Participants provide only their transportation to and from Columbia. Acceptance into the program is competitive.

Applications must include a national college entrance exam score such as the SAT, PSAT or the ACT.

Also required are a 500-word composition about natural resources and a recommendation from a teacher, counselor or other school official.

For more information or an application write to: Conservation Honors Program, Missouri Department of Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. Phone: (314)751-4115.

***** Tree Farm Day Saturday

COLUMBIA - "Ecosystem Management and Stewardship - the Role of the Private Woodland Owner" is the theme for the 1995 Tree Farm Day Conference Saturday at the Columbia Ramada Inn.

The program will feature a general session explaining ecosystem management programs and how they affect landowners.

Concurrent sessions on the agenda include:

Nut tree management

Markets for wood products and proper harvesting

Integrated pest management for tree crops

Computer programs for private woodland owners

The new Missouri Agroforestry Act

The future of Conservation Reserve acreage

A panel discussion on trees and their relation to the environment.

Those attending Tree Farm Day also will be able to hear updates about the new tree farm program, taxation, the gypsy moth, forest crop land program, oak decline, stewardship and stewardship incentive programs, the 1995 Farm Bill, private property rights, the 1993 flood's effect on trees, reorganization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Project Learning Tree.

State and regional outstanding tree farmer award winners will be announced at the luncheon Saturday.

For registration forms and program information, contact: John P. Slusher, Extension Forester, School of Natural Resources, Room 1-29 Agriculture Building, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. Phone: (314) 882-7242.

***** Shooting Ranges Open

ST. LOUIS - Springfield and St Louis have new supervised public shooting ranges where Missourians can enjoy safe shooting at modest prices. These will improve firearms and safety training opportunities for hunters and other gun owners, and enhance recreational shooting opportunities for target shooters. …