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A Summary of the Missouri Department of Conservation's Annual Report 1996-1997

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Published on: Jan. 2, 1998

Last revision: Nov. 12, 2010

away from streams and makes payments on 10-year stream-side property easements.

  • Offered clinics to teach youths the basics of waterfowl hunting and held actual hunts for participants.
  • Opened new archery hunting areas in the St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia metro areas. In addition to two deer, archers are allowed to buy five additional permits to take antlerless deer.
  • Dedicated Eagle Bluffs, a nationally recognized 4,756-acre conservation area near Columbia that meets some of its water needs through the use of city waste water. The area has both seasonal wetlands and semi permanent wetlands and offers a variety of recreation from hunting to wildlife observation and fishing.
  • Received an Emmy Award for its television show, Missouri Outdoors, and a children's TV special. This was the second consecutive year Missouri Outdoors captured the informational programming Emmy.
  • Held workshops for landowners to learn about making money by becoming suppliers to the special forest products industry. Topics included agro-forestry, native plants and harvesting and marketing wild edibles, from potpourri, pollen and medicinals to botanicals and seeds.
  • Announced the Partners for Wildlife Program had restored 8,000 acres of wetlands in the state. The program combines the efforts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Conservation Department and landowners to restore wetlands that have been degraded or destroyed. The Conservation Department provides the technical support needed to construct and manage wetlands in the program.
  • Began the St. Louis Urban Deer Research Project. It monitors deer with radio collars to collect biological data on the animals and learn more about how they use their habitat. This information is being gathered to help urban communities make informed choices about controlling deer populations.
  • The Missouri Stream Team program received the National Wildlife Federation 1996 National Conservation Achievement Award. The National Wildlife Federation recognized the program for its achievement in conservation education. Missouri Stream Team is cosponsored by the Conservation Department, the Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Federation of Missouri.
  • What the Money Buys - Fiscal Year 1996- 1997

    Forests-$18,335,499

    Conservation Department programs foster a healthy and growing forest resource. Examples are growing and distributing 3.3 million tree and shrub seedlings for public and private land, assisting private forest landowners and Missouri communities, managing 436,264 acres of public forest land, developing the state's forest industry and conducting research on trees and forests.

    Wildlife-$18,217,813

    Conservation Department programs ensure wildlife populations that are in harmony with habitat and human enjoyment. Examples are management of about 475,000 acres of public land and assistance to private landowners, research and population monitoring of game and non-game species, wetland development, wildlife restoration including ruffed grouse, prairie chickens, osprey and collared lizards and wildlife damage control.

    Fisheries-$13,391,525

    Maintains the aquatic resources enjoyed by 1.35 million Missouri anglers. Examples are spawning, rearing and stocking over 7 million fish, including 2.2 million catchable-size trout, fisheries management of over 700 public impoundments totalling 272,000 acres of water, assistance and incentives for landowners, fish kill investigations, research and monitoring of fish populations and stream stewardship programs.

    Natural History-$1,606,753

    Many Conservation Department programs relate to non-game resources and interpretation. Examples are interpretive programs conducted by nature centers and other naturalists' efforts, monitoring populations of nongame species, conducting research and identifying and protecting rare, endangered or fragile species and natural communities.

    Law Enforcement-$14,181,009

    Paid for law enforcement, resource management, information, education and public service contact activities conducted by 170 conservation agents, hunter education programs and 1,700 volunteer instructors conducting 1,100 classes and certifying approximately 30,000 students annually.

    Outreach and Education-$12,403,241

    Paid for education materials and contacts with Missouri schoolteachers, the Missouri Conservationist magazine, films, videos, postage and informational programs.

     Administration-$2,219,345

    Paid for legal counsel, auditor, summer help and other administrative charges.

    Administrative Services and Human Resources-$22,116,852

    Paid for human resources, federal reimbursement administration, fiscal services, aviation services, fleet management, building and grounds maintenance, planning, environmental coordination, information management and technology and other essential services.

    Land Acquisition, Landowner Assistance, In-Lieu Taxes-$12,846,726

    Paid for new tracts and additions to existing areas totaling 30,489 acres.

    Construction & Development-$11,418,455

    Paid for outstate service centers, hatchery improvements, wetland development, river access site development and the construction of shooting ranges.

    Design and Development-$3,357,803

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