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What eventually became the Engineering Section had its origin in the 1937 Land and Waters Division, consisting of a chief, E. A. Mayes, and one secretary.

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When the Department began operations in 1937, no one was designated to handle personnel management responsibilities. Each division, and often each supervisor, shouldered the duties.

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Planning Section became a separately designated administrative section as part of Department reorganization in 1964, with Edwin H. Glaser as its chief. Its roots, however, extend back to 1946, when the Department found it necessary to establish liaison with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to safeguard the state¿s fish and game interests in river basin planning and developments.

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As early as 1942, the Forestry Division recognized a need for services that were later to become duties of the Operations Section. State Forester George O. White hired Robert F. Wells, a former U. S. Forest Service employee and CCC foreman, to do construction work.

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Organizational charts show the structure of the Department during its first 50 years.

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The Master Conservationist award was adopted in 1941 and first presented in 1942. There were awards every year from 1942 until 1950 when there was a lapse of 18 years until R. A. Brown, member of the Conservation Commission from 1945 to 1951, was awarded the honor in 1968.

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The story of conservation in Missouri is told pictorially by the murals of Charles W. Schwartz which grace the foyer of Department headquarters in Jefferson City. These murals trace the history of the fish, forest and wildlife resources of the state from the pristine conditions of 1700 through the era of settlement and exploitation to present conservation efforts.

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Chronology Part 1 details conservation-related events in Missouri from 1861 to 1968.

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Chronology Part II details events related to Missouri wildlife and forests and the Department of Conservation from 1969-1986.

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View the photo credits and index.

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