Content tagged with "history"

11. The First 50 Years: The Noren Years

Carl Noren joined the Department in 1940 as a biologist assigned to study raccoons. His duties changed to deer restoration and river basin studies before he rose to the position of director in 1967. More

12. The First 50 Years: The Gale Years

Larry Gale took the oath of office February 1, 1979, swearing to uphold the constitution and serve conservation. More

13. The First 50 Years: Wildlife Division

The first attempt at wildlife management, begun in 1939, was the Cooperative Wildlife Management Program. The intent was for the handful of biologists to serve as extension agents for the Department and bring together the landowners and the sportsmen to put wildlife restoration measures on the land. More

14. The First 50 Years: Fisheries Division

All thirteen fisheries employees listed in 1937 worked in hatcheries. In fact, for the first two years the entire fisheries program of new Conservation Commission consisted hatching and releasing fish, plus some fish-rescue work. It was the program inherited from the old Fish and Game Department. More

15. The First 50 Years: Forestry Division

There was no forestry program in Missouri for a number of years, but a group called the Missouri National Forest Association successfully lobbied a bill in 1929, which was enabling legislation to permit the federal government to acquire land in the state for a national forest. More

16. The First 50 Years: Protection Division

In any fish and wildlife department, protection or law enforcement has always been one of the basic management tools. The enforcement division usually has the most manpower, and in many places law enforcement was the major activity of the department until modern fish and game management came to the front in the 1930s. More

17. The First 50 Years: Education Section

The Commission believed from the first that Missourians, and especially young people, should know how to be good stewards of their wildlife resources. They believed that restoration of wildlife and forests would come about by people educated to the value of those resources in their lives. More

18. The First 50 Years: Public Affairs Section

To an organization like the Department of Conservation, a good public information program is a vital part of its overall aim, because public knowledge and support is necessary for any other program to succeed. This is even more true of an agency born of initiative, because citizens take a proprietary interest in their creation. More

19. The First 50 Years: Natural History Section

The Natural History Section came into being following passage of the conservation sales tax. Creation of such a unit was implicit in the Design for Conservation, which had promised increased attention to natural areas, special lands, endangered species, nongame wildlife and plants not fully dealt with under previous programs of the Department. More

20. The First 50 Years: Fiscal Section and Internal Auditing

Prior to 1937, the amount of funding for the Fish and Game Department from sportsmen's fees depended on how much the legislature saw fit to appropriate. The legislature also stipulated how much could be spent on each function of the Department. Any unexpended funds reverted to the general revenue fund. More