Annual Report Fiscal Year 1997–1998
Extended spring turkey season from 14 to 21 days for the first time since modern seasons have been held. Missouri's turkey flock has grown from about 2,500 birds in 1952 to a conservative estimate of 600,000 today.
Estimated that turkey hunters boost the state economy by more than $35 million annually. Turkey hunting related expenses generate nearly $l.5 million in state sales taxes and about $1 million in state income taxes. Those expenditures also support 1,100 jobs statewide.
What the Money Buys - Fiscal Year 1997 - 1998
Forests - $17,305,846
Conservation Department programs foster a healthy and growing forest resource. Examples are growing and distributing tree and shrub seedlings for public and private land, assisting private forest landowners and Missouri communities, managing 442,667 acres of public forest land, developing the state's forest industry and conducting research on trees and forests.
Wildlife - $17,944,737
Conservation Department programs ensure wildlife populations that are in harmony with habitat and human enjoyment. Examples are management of about 492,000 acres of public land and assistance to private landowners, research and population monitoring of game and non-game species, wetland development, wildlife restoration and wildlife damage control. Provided wildlife habitat improvement through 2,849 contacts with private landowners.
Fisheries - $13,230,014
Maintains the aquatic resources enjoyed by 1.35 million Missouri anglers. Examples are spawning, rearing and stocking over 5 million fish, including 1.8 million catchable-size trout, fisheries management of over 800 public impoundments totalling 276,652 acres of water, assistance and incentives for landowners, fish kill investigations, research and monitoring of fish populations, and stream stewardship programs.
Natural History - $1,758,107
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, identifying and protecting rare, endangered or fragile species and natural communities.
Law Enforcement - $14,207,454
Paid for law enforcement, resource management, information, education and public service contact activities conducted by 170 conservation agents, hunter education programs and 1,800 volunteer instructors conducting 1,038 classes and certifying approximately 30,000 students annually.
Outreach and Education - $13,381,103
Paid for education materials and contacts with Missouri schoolteachers, the Missouri Conservationist magazine, films, videos, postage and informational programs.
Administration - $1,220,944
Paid for legal counsel, auditor, summer help and other administrative charges.
Administrative Services and Human Resources- $14,975,107
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 - $8,400,802
Paid for new tracts and additions to existing areas totaling 11,247 acres.
Construction and Development - $20,654,105
Paid for outstate service centers, hatchery improvements, wetland development, river access site development and the construction of shooting ranges.
Design and Development - $9,471,169
Paid for engineering, construction administration and architecture.