Annual Report Fiscal Year 2000–2001
This summary of the Annual Report is a snapshot of the Conservation Department's financial transactions and year-long accomplishments from July 1, 2000, through June 30, 2001. The Conservation Department made $695,638 in payments to Missouri counties in lieu of taxes, and also paid $308,461 for land in the Forest Cropland Program.
- Offered landowner deer and turkey permits for nonresidents at reduced price. Beginning with the spring 2001 turkey season, qualifying nonresident landowners were able to purchase deer and turkey hunting permits at reduced prices. To qualify, nonresidents must own a minimum of 75 contiguous acres within a single management unit.
- Expanded reciprocal fishing privileges on border waters. Beginning in March 2001, new reciprocal fishing agreements with Illinois and Arkansas greatly expanded fishing opportunities for Missouri anglers on waters we share with those two states. On the flowing portions and backwaters of the Mississippi River bordering Illinois, anglers licensed or exempted by Missouri or Illinois may now fish on the water and from either state's shorelines. We also worked with the state of Illinois to develop a set of common fishing regulations for the river, making it easier for anglers to abide by the regulations regardless of where they are fishing. The new White River Border Lakes Permit ($10), in conjunction with a valid fishing permit, allows a Missouri resident to fish anywhere on the Arkansas portions of Bull Shoals, Norfork and Table Rock lakes. This is a $22 savings over what they formerly paid for a non-resident Arkansas fishing license.
- Renovated St. Louis lakes. The Department worked with St. Louis City and County in renovating two lakes in south St. Louis. Through a grant to St. Louis County, Carp Lake in Suson Park was drained, deepened and the lakeshore was rebuilt to accommodate a large number of anglers. St. Louis City and Department construction crews worked together to rehabilitate Boathouse Lake in Carondolet Park. They deepened the lake, installed an aeration system, made lakeshore, walkway and water supply improvements, strategically placed fish habitat enhancement structures in the lake and constructed disabled user facilities.
- Restored McKenzie Creek in partnership with several organizations. The McKenzie Creek Project transformed a littered, degraded McKenzie Creek into a beautiful stream that is now a great source of community pride. Through the use of federal buyout funds, many flooded structures were removed. Car bodies were also removed, and stream improvement measures were installed. Several litter pickups