A Strategy for Conservation Success
one of our most unique sites," Kramer said. "The rocks there are 6-sided, miniature pillars and the knoll, or top of the mountain, is like a moonscape."
What We Believe:
The strategic plan includes a set of beliefs that define the Conservation Department's approach to dealing with the people and resources of this state. The following beliefs are similar to a core philosophy that underlies every interaction and transaction of the Department.
All citizens are important and we value their trust, regardless of their point of view: All Missouri citizens deserve respect. Our job is to listen, understand and personally deliver programs and services in a manner that promotes relationships built on trust.
Excellent public service in a manner that benefits fish, forests and wildlife resources and encourages citizens to be active participants and conservationists.
Fairness, objectivity, sound science, integrity and responsibility are what we expect of ourselves: Our decisions and behavior will be based on fairness, objectivity, and the best scientific information; we will act with the highest degree of integrity and ethical consideration.
Employees are the Department's most important resource: All employees deserve a safe, high-quality work environment that promotes opportunities for professional and personal growth, teamwork and individual respect.
Inform and Educate the Public about Conservation
When people "connect" with nature, they place a higher value on restoring and protecting our wildlife and wildlife habitat. Without extensive outreach on our part, we believe many urban residents could lose touch with nature. This would both impoverish their lives and pose a "threat of disinterest" to the natural communities that exist outside our cities.
To keep people connected to nature, the Conservation Department is expanding its conservation programs. Information about conservation and actual contact with nature may come to our larger cities by land or water, thanks to new mobile nature centers that are being planned.
Our efforts in schools are likely to pay the highest dividends. Nearly a quarter million students will receive the Woolyworm, Tadpole or Crawdad conservation newsletters this year, and about 10,000 teachers receive The Resource, a new environmental education newsletter. The Conservation Department also conducts Project WILD and Project Learning Tree workshops, which help teachers incorporate wildlife habitat and forests into their curricula.
The Conservation Department is training teachers for pilot projects in which conservation and the environment will be used as a unifying theme to teach mathematics, social studies, science, fine arts, communication arts and physical education.