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Assessing Angler Exploitation Rates for Blue Catfish and Flathead Catfish with Reward Tags in Truman Reservoir

Science Note Vol. 8 No. 1 MDC suspected that blue catfish Ictalurus furcatus and flathead catfish Pylodictis olivaris were being heavily exploited by anglers in 55,600 acre Harry S. Truman Reservoir in west-central Missouri. A reward tag study was initiated in 2004 to determine angler exploitation rates for both species.

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Landowner Attitudes Toward Shortleaf Pine Restoration

Technical Series Vol. 2 There is considerable interest in restoring shortleaf pine by various agencies and private land-owners in Missouri. Given that 85% of commercial forests in the state are under private ownership, restoration efforts are not possible without the participation of private landowners. In preparation to assist private landown-ers with shortleaf pine restoration, an understanding of their interest, attitudes and motivations toward restora-tion and general forest management is necessary. The specific objectives of this study were to: Determine the characteristics of landowners in the shortleaf pine range and the extent to which they are planting and managing shortleaf pine. Identify landowner reasons for restoring shortleaf pine on their land. Identify landowner challenges to shortleaf pine restoration.

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Missouri's 2012 Timber Product Output Survey

Science Note Vol. 8 No. 8 Detailed information on the level of wood harvested from Missouri’s forests is necessary for intelligent planning and decision making in wood procurement, forest resources management, and forest industry development. Likewise, researchers need current forest industry and industrial roundwood information for planning projects. In the spring of 2013 the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) undertook a detailed census of primary wood processors throughout the state, asking for information on their firms from 2012.

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Missourian's and their Community Trees: Results from a MDC Survey

Science Note Vol. 8 No. 7 MDC’s Community Forestry Program advises, coordinates, and facilitates the efforts that affect Missouri’s community-owned trees. Assistance provided by MDC is targeted at local governments, arborists, non-profit organizations, and planning councils. To better understand citizen attitudes towards certain community forestry issues, such as hazard trees, topping, and urban sprawl, a survey questionnaire was mailed to randomly selected recipients in 44 selected Missouri communities. Our goal was to determine the issues citizens in these communities felt to be most pressing, the support for passage of two hypothetical ballot issues, and the knowledge level citizens have about the tree program in their community.

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Quick Draw Program Evaluation: Focus Group Results

Science Note Vol. 8 No. 13 In January 2013, four focus groups were held at the request of Wildlife Division as a part of the evaluation of several potential changes to the Quick Draw program. The evaluation also included administrative considerations and input received through hunter comments via social media and the internet, e-mail, an opinion poll, and personal contacts. In order to make the discussion as useful as possible, the majority of the time was spent discussing the three items that were under consideration for changes: the percentage of positions allocated to Quick Draw, number of times a hunter can be selected for Quick Draw, and possible changes to the registration/enrollment schedule. In addition, we wanted to provide an opportunity for hunters to voice other concerns or make additional suggestions. A total of 32 individuals participated in the focus group discussions, which were held in Kirkwood, Columbia, Sedalia, and Cape Girardeau.

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Trees Work: A Baseline Survey of 3 Communities

Science Note Vol. 8 No. 10 Forestry Division has begun a state-wide campaign focused on increasing awareness of the benefits that trees and forests provide to Missourians. To be effective, this “Trees Work” campaign’s messages must resonate with a wide variety of groups and population segments. To develop and evaluate such targeted messages, we must understand 1) the current level of awareness of tree and forest benefits, 2) which benefits are most important to Missourians, and 3) what messages are most likely to motivate people to action and what barriers prevent action toward sustainability of Missouri’s forests. The campaign is planned to last several years, so baseline research provides critical information for development and evaluation.

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