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William E. Towell became the Department's second director in 1957. A native of St. James, Towell's achievements included streamlining the Department's administration and locating all sections and divisions under one roof for the first time.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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