their rental boats with the bags to enable canoeists to dispose of trash while on the river, prevent unintentional littering from overturned canoes and encourage boats to pick up trash left by others. The number of bags provided was twice those sent out the previous year.
Continued to restore ospreys, eagles and peregrine falcons to Missouri. Young ospreys were "hacked" on towers overlooking several Missouri lakes, while young peregrine falcons were introduced from tall buildings in Springfield and Kansas City. Eagles are successfully producing young at dozens of nests around the state. These three birds of prey had virtually disappeared from Missouri by the 1960s. Birds introduced by the Conservation Department will return to the state to nest, and populations should increase as this happens.
Held three Common Ground Forums in the St. Louis area. The forums were held to help citizens, city officials and developers work together to assure that outdoor resources can continue to contribute to the quality of life in urban areas. Topics include sustainable floodplain use, urban streams and waterways, and urban forests. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Stream Teams, Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Missouri Home Builders Association co-sponsored the forums.
A donation by the Conservation Department made it possible for the city of Ironton to preserve a historic mountain battlefield that overlooks the town. The donation was a 196-acre tract of land. The land had previously been donated to the Conservation Department with no stipulation as to how it would be used. Ironton would sell this land to the Forest Service, keeping it in the public domain, and combine the money with funds from a half-cent city sales tax to purchase about 700 acres on Shepherd Mountain, the location of the Battle of Pilot Knob, a Civil War battle that took place around Ft. Davidson.
The Stream Team program continues to be popular with Missourians. It allows them to volunteer to improve local creeks and streams. The Missouri Stream Team Program grew to 1,212 teams during the past year with more than 35,000 members who are active in habitat surveys, stream cleanups and water-quality monitoring. A master's degree thesis was even written about the program. Stream Team is a volunteer program that is jointly sponsored by the Conservation Department, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Federation of Missouri. Teams adopt specific streams and care for them.
The Conservation Department combined the Muzzleloader Deer