The Federation Report
September 8, 2017

In This Issue
From Our Blog:

Fly-In Wilderness Trip Surpasses Expectations
Brandon and Bill Butler show a stringer of walleye headed for a lakeside fish fry.
Seven days in a wilderness paradise catching more fish than most would believe possible surrounded by scenery no photographer could justify leaves one longing for extended simplicity. Back in the world, surrounded once again by constant distraction, I'll often draw upon the week in which the biggest decisions were bacon or sausage for breakfast, and should we first fish for walleye or northern pike.
My dad, myself and six other men took float planes into Opasquia Provincial Park in extreme northern Ontario. We booked with Big Hook Wilderness Camps. It was the best fishing in the most pristine setting I've ever experienced. A dream...

Missouri Hunters for Fair Chase

Volunteer to be a petition circulator for the "Native Missouri Wildlife Conservation Amendment." Learn more at HERE.
2017 Missouri White Oak, Whiskey and Wine Tour

MU Extension will hold its first White Oak, Whiskey & Wine Tour on October 28 to celebrate Missouri's unique contributions to the wine and whiskey industry.

The tour highlights Higbee, with stops at a white oak forest, a stave mill, two cooperages and a riverbluff winery. Guests will view where whiskey and wine barrels are assembled and how stave logs are processed and made ready for the copper. 

The tour will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., beginning at the Hilton Garden Inn Columbia. The cost is $50 per person. This covers transportation, lunch at The Oak Cooperage and tasting at Les Bourgeois Vineyards. Availability is limited. 

Contact Hank Stelzer at 573-882-4444 or for more information. To register for the tour, contact Sharon Burnham, School of Natural Resources, at 573-882-7242 or
Certified Wildlife Habitat ®

Recognize your commitment to wildlife and certify your yard, balcony container garden, schoolyard, work landscape or roadside greenspace into a Certified Wildlife Hab itat®. 

By creating a natural garden with native plants, you are providing essential elements of wildlife habitat: food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young. Add a water source - such as a birdbath - and your garden will not only be wildlife-friendly, but it will qualify as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat®. 

In  addition, a portion of your processing fee supports the Conservation Federation of Missouri and National Wildlife Federation's programs to inspire others to make a difference. 

Print your Certified Wildlife Habitat® application HERE.  Visit to certify today!

Explore Missouri Outdoors: St. Louis
October 7th, 2017

CFM is hosting  Explore Missouri Outdoors: St. Louis  on October 7 th  at the Nine Network of Public Media in the heart of the city. The event runs from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.  This exciting annual event includes a reception, station tours, live and silent auctions, dinner and a feature speaker presentation. 
If you haven't already registered, v isit  to learn more and register. Don't miss it!
Conservation Federation Podcast
Episode 9 Now Available
Bill Crawford

In Episode 9 of Conservation Federation, CFM Executive Director Brandon Butler sits down with Missouri conservation legend Bill Crawford just days before his 99th birthday. 

Conservation Federation is found on iTunes at  and the CFM website at   You can subscribe to the podcast to ensure you won't miss a single episode. 
Share the Harvest 

Welcome to Darren Haverstick who is the new chairperson of the Share the Harvest committee. Darren states, "I have been an ardent supporter of the Share the Harvest program since its inception and I judge the success of my hunting season on whether or not I am able to donate a deer to the cause." 

Consider sharing the deer you harvest this year with those less fortunate. Learn more about Share the Harvest  HERE .
Inaugural Pull for Conservation
Sporting Clays Classic: Branson

Inaugural Sporting Clays Classic
Inaugural Sporting Clays Classic

Join CFM for the Inaugural Pull for Conservation Sporting Clays Classic Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Academy in Branson, MO. Pre-registration is required. This event is presented by White River Valley Electric Cooperative, Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, and KAMO Power. Visit for more information. Register by September 30. 

The Katy Trail Turner Shelter 
Needs Your Help

The Conservation Foundation of Missouri Charitable Trust runs the 40 bed Turner Shelter in Tebbett's, MO. It's the first of what we hope to be a series of shelters which hikers and cyclists can use someday to traverse the entire length of the Katy Trail across Missouri. Learn more about how you can get this poster by Bryan Haynes and support the needs of the shelter.