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Frank Loncarich

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Missouri Department of Conservation
2901 W. Truman Blvd.
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
United States

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Employment History

  • Wildlife Management Biologist
Web References
The National Wild Turkey ..., 8 Mar 2008 [cached]
The National Wild Turkey Federation recently awarded a $4,750 grant for habitat restoration in Newton and McDonald counties, said Frank Loncarich, wildlife management biologist with MDC.The money will be used in the Shoal Creek and Big Sugar Creek watersheds.
"We hope to do some prescribed burning with this, and fescue conversion to native grasses," Loncarich said.
Turkey Country Magazine's JAKES Junction, 18 April 2010 [cached]
Frank Loncarich, wildlife management biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, shared with them how hunters have contributed to successful wildlife ventures in Missouri, such as the restoration of turkey, deer, prairie chicken, bear and the recent re-introduction of elk.
Looking Back to Go Forward The ..., 20 Oct 2008 [cached]
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Frank Loncarich is looking over his shoulder.

Loncarich, a lands management specialist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, is researching through old survey records, personal papers and official documents, trying to learn what the landscape of Newton County looked like at the time of white settlement.
Interest in and a knowledge of land has been a big part of Loncarich's life. His father, a land surveyor, is currently the county surveyor.
After receiving his college degree and going to work for the Missouri Department of Conservation, Loncarich took on the job of managing public lands in Newton County, as well as in other nearby counties. In Newton County, he is responsible for managing the Diamond Grove Prairie and the Capps Creek Conservation Area in the Jollification community.
Within the last two or three years, Loncarich began to take a serious look at land in the county from an historical viewpoint.
"I knew there were abundant resources and wildlife here at that time," he explained.
"They give some description, but only a minimum," Loncarich said, "but it's a start and by looking at adjoining townships lines and noting where the witness trees were marked, you get an idea about whether timber was widespread at that point or if there were only scattered trees."
And, of course, if there no witness tree was marked, it was likely that area was solitary prairie.
But the official records are almost technical and Loncarich is eager to find more personal references to the land. This, he hopes, will come in what early settlers told about the land they homesteaded. He is eager to "hear" what the early settlers had to say.
Now that he has begun the research, Loncarich believes his work might be worthy of publishing for others to use in the future and it might be of interest to the general population.
"In my own time, I hope to dig more into this," he said. "It would be nice to publish it. Even from a study of the surveys, I can at least make some inferences about what the land was like in certain spots. And quotes from settlers would make the picture even better."
Noting that a similar project had been done in Dade County and in the Boston Mountains of northwest Arkansas, Loncarich thinks it can be done here.
But, whether his study is ever published, he believes the lessons he will learn will help him manage our public lands to maximize their potential and to help the wildlife on those lands.
"We have already learned that if we return to old ways and native plants, wildlife does better," Loncarich said. "As we have worked to restore the prairies and the open timber in the county, we have seen a big comeback in the quail population. We know this works so now we just need to find out what the landscape looked like back then and work toward that."
So, as Loncarich works on his research project, he will be looking back with his eye on the future.
Anyone with old letters, diaries or other historical documents relating to the geology, topography, or other landscape features of early-day Newton County may contact Loncarich at 417-452-3879.
Wildlife Management Biologists ..., 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
Wildlife Management Biologists Frank Loncarich and Kyle Hedges regarding the Southwest Missouri Quail Ecology Project.
Aimee Wiese, coordinator of the prairie ..., 14 May 2009 [cached]
Aimee Wiese, coordinator of the prairie chicken project, and Frank Loncarich capture a chick from a prairie chicken nest on a night raid in Kansas.
These are the words Neosho native Frank Loncarich used to describe what he and some fellow workers have done to re-establish a strong population of prairie chickens in Missouri. Loncarich, a wildlife management biologist, has been involved in various aspects of this project to "Keep the Prairie Chickens Booming in Missouri."
To attract and keep good prairie chickens populations, it's necessary to be sure there is proper habitat for the birds. This means finding adequate space, food sources, and protection from predators.
"We are working to improve the habitat where prairie chickens once thrived in the state," Loncarich explained. "We want to get them back to their native sites."
Much of the geography in areas where prairie chickens once thrived has changed so much that the birds cannot survive any longer.
"Prairie chickens require certain things," Loncarich said.
"Right now, there are only an estimated 300-500 prairie chickens left in Missouri," Loncarich said.
"When we go after the hens," Loncarich explained, "they are tending the chicks and they are molting. We go in at night when they are on the nest. Even though they can fly, they are reluctant to leave their chicks and molting does somewhat limit their flying abilities."
Loncarich is proud of his role in restoring the prairie chicken to Missouri. "If would be a shame to lose such a beautiful and unique bird," he said.
"We really won't know the ultimate success until about 2010," Loncarich said, "when we see babies from those birds we brought from Kansas."
Loncarich was complimentary of landowners in both Kansas and Missouri.
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