Missouri Resources Magazine

Missouri Resources magazine is published quarterly by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to inform readers about important natural resource issues and how they are being addressed. Missouri Resources is free to Missouri residents. Out-of-state subscriptions cost $4.50 per year or $8.00 for two years.

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Sara Parker Pauley director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources image and link to Director's Column article in this issue of Missouri Resources magazine.Director's Column
by Sara Parker Pauley

Summer is upon us. Longer days provide us with opportunities to spend more time basking in the sun, working in the garden, or exploring Missouri's 87 state parks and historic sites - all time well spent outdoors while enjoying nature. I spend a number of my mornings and nights walking our two dogs along the Katy Trail State Park. Our family and friends also join us for walks on the Katy after one of our fish fries or barbecues. We are fortunate this valuable jewel within the state parks system runs adjacent to our property, providing us with numerous opportunities to enjoy its scenic and historic past. Continue reading >>


Water Infrastructure image and link to the story in this issue of Missouri Resources magazine - Spring 2015Water Infrastructure
by Leanne Tippett Mosby

How can rural communities with declining tax bases afford to replace aging water and wastewater systems? Finally - some refreshing new options. Continue reading >>  


Missouri's Mineral Springs  image and link to the story in this issue of Missouri Resources magazine - Spring 2015Missouri's Mineral Springs
by Jerry Prewett

from the late 1800s through early 1900s, mineral-containing springs in Missouri were all the rage. Some purorted healing properties; others benefited property values. Continue reading >> education link


Katy 25th  image and link to the story in this issue of Missouri Resources magazine - Spring 2015Katy's 25th
by Dawn Fredrickson

The once controversial rails-to-trails project celebrates 25 years of hiking and biking success. The trail corridor's interesting history goes back nearly 10 times that long. Continue reading >> education link


Fishing with the Current  image and link to the story in this issue of Missouri Resources magazine - Spring 2015Fishing With the Current
by Scott Robinett

The author's lifelong passion for fishing took a shocking turn after college. He now conducts fish tissue monitoring - no rod and reel required. Continue reading >> education link


Departments

Explore Missouri - Floating 100 Blue Miles  image and link to the story in this issue of Missouri Resources magazine - Spring 2015Explore Missouri -
Floating 100 Blue Miles

by Tom Uhlenbrock

The governor has added a new color to his 100 Missouri Miles Challenge - blue. Gov. Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon again are challenging Missourians to run, walk, bike or roll on any trail or outdoor venue for a total of a least 100 miles. Continue reading >> education link

Top Spots - To Take a Cave TourTop Spots to Take a Cave Tour image and link to the story in this issue of Missouri Resources magazine - Spring 2015

With more than 6,000 known caves within its borders, it's no wonder Missouri has long been known as the "Cave State." For those wanting to explore what lies beneath the surface, Missouri State Parks includes four caves open for public tours. Continue reading >>

Trails Highlight - Spice Bush Trail at Robertsville State ParkTrails Highlight Spice Bush Trail at Robertsville State Park image and link to the story in this issue of Missouri Resources magazine - Spring 2015

The Meramec River and Calvey Creek bound Robertsville State Park and the landscape includes scenic bluffs along the river, and a patchwork of hardwood forests, rich river bottomlands and clearnings that date to when the park was a working farm in the early 1900s. A great way to see the park is the .8-mile Spice Bush Trail. Continue reading >>

...but not least - Cleaning Up Our RiversBut not least...Cleaning Up Our Rivers - Chad Pregracke  image and link to the story in this issue of Missouri Resources magazine - Spring 2015
One Tire, One Barrel, at a Time
by Tom Uhlenbrock

At age 17, Chad Pregracke decided that his backyard was a mess. Pregracke grew up in East Moline, Ill.; the Mississippi River ran behind his parents' home. During summer breaks, he worked as a commercial shell diver, commercial fisherman and barge hand. Continue reading >>


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