Annual Report Fiscal Year 1997–1998
of supporting fish, wildlife and forestry conservation programs in Missouri. Groups or individuals donating to the Foundation can designate specific programs they want to see funded.
Established Stream Team number 1,000. Over 20,000 stream conservationists now channel thousands of hours of volunteer effort into stream cleanup, water quality monitoring and other projects. Stream Teams choose and coordinate their own activities according to their own preferences and timetables.
Established an exotic plant policy that commits the Conservation Department to using only plants indigenous to Missouri on land it owns, leases or manages. The purpose of the policy is to stop aggressive exotic or non-indigenous plants from displacing native flora.
Scheduled four Eagle Day events designed to enable visitors to see the birds in their natural habitat. In recent winters, as many as 2,600 eagles have been counted in Missouri. Eagle Day events include videos and live demonstrations of captive eagles.
Established a new forest management policy designed to ensure recreation, forest products and stewardship of the state's forest-based resources into the 21st century. The policy gives Missourians a picture of how forests are used on conservation areas. Most lands (83 percent) are open to a variety of uses, with 10 percent of those set aside for old-forest growth and not available for timber harvest. Most rural forest lands fall within this category.
Joined the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Federation of Missouri in recognizing 13 volunteer water quality monitors. The award recipients began projects from discovering and reporting sewage leaks to teaching school students about the importance of good water quality and petitioning state lawmakers to address water quality issues.
Joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in buying flood damaged lands along the Missouri River. These purchases will lessen the severity of future floods, provide wildlife habitat and areas for outdoor recreation such as fishing and hunting.
Participated in a research effort to evaluate the traps that are used for the majority of the furbearer species in the U.S. The goal is to find the most humane, effective and safest traps, and to produce guidelines for trappers to follow in pursuit of wildlife.
Developed a program to evaluate the capabilities of rural fire departments. The Conservation Department gives each county a report outlining the problems and equipment needs of its fire departments, possible solutions and fund raising ideas to address those needs. Better protection from fire and lower insurance rates are among the goals of