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
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
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
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. …