Annual Report Fiscal Year 2000–2001

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Published on: Jan. 2, 2001

Last revision: Nov. 10, 2010

Resident and non-resident spring turkey permits totaled 113,253, compared to 112,003 in 2000. The three-week season produced a harvest of 55,302 birds

  • Developed a 5-Year Plan to Rid Black Carp From the State. The plan's primary objective is to keep the black carp, an ecologically destructive species, from escaping from commercial fish farms and reproducing in public waters. As part of the plan, the Conservation Department acquires or rears sexually sterile black carp. These fish are offered to fish farmers who rely on the species to control snails that serve as intermediate hosts for parasitic flatworms that can infest the fish they are trying to raise. The plan also calls for the elimination of illegally-held, fertile black carp.
  • Welcomed the Introduction of the Conservation License Plate. To provide educational funds for the non-profit Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, the Missouri Motor Vehicle Bureau issued special, Conservation License Plates. Proceeds from the funds are partially used for conservation education in the form of grants of up to $2,500 for qualified applicants. The Foundation provided $35,000 to the program, and the Conservation Department contributed an additional $70,000 for outdoor classroom grants.
  • Conservation Department began a walleye initiative to expand walleye fishing opportunities around the state. The agency selected several lakes and six rivers that showed the most promise as walleye fisheries. These waters were to be managed and stocked so that more anglers could enjoy catching walleye. The plan calls for stocking millions of small walleye in the targeted rivers and lakes.
  • What the Money Buys - Fiscal Year 2000 - 2001

    Forests - $15,166,928

    Conservation Department programs foster a healthy and growing forest resource. Examples include distributing 5.8 million seedlings for planting to nearly 13,600 landowners, developing 80 Landowner Forest Stewardship Plans, bringing an additional 13,553 acres under total resource management , managing 444,417 acres of public forest land, developing the state's forest industry and conducting research on trees and forests.

    Wildlife - $13,739,792

    Conservation Department programs ensure wildlife populations that are in harmony with habitat and human enjoyment. Examples are: management of about 501,066 acres of public land, research and population monitoring of game and non-game species, wetland development, wildlife restoration and wildlife damage control.

    Fisheries - $14,337,752

    Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Missouri. In 2000, the Conservation Department sold 1,458,418 resident and non-resident fishing permits and tags of all types to 899,008 people. The agency produced 4,551,921 fish for stocking in various waters. The Conservation Department manages 849 public impoundments totaling 277,055 acres of water.

    Natural History - $2,306,434

    Coordinates and provides overall and specialized services to the Department's natural areas, endangered species programs, wildlife diversity and natural community conservation and management programs, as well as programs to promote public appreciation of natural resources.

    Law Enforcement - $15,239,784

    Paid for law enforcement, resource management, information, education and public service contact activities conducted by 216 conservation agents. Conservation agents, along with 1,850 volunteer instructors, conducted 994 classes and certified more than 30,000 students.

    Outreach and Education - $12,889,634

    Paid for education materials and contacts with Missouri schoolteachers, the Missouri Conservationist magazine, films, videos, postage and informational programs.

    Private Land Services - $4,603,906

    Newly established division provides resource education and technical assistance to private landowners to conserve forest, fish and wildlife resources.

    Administration - $5,834,998

    Paid for legal counsel, auditor, summer help and an expanded array of other administrative functions.

    Administrative Services and Human Resources- $30,203,931

    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 - $3,864,469

    In lieu of tax payments, which included levee and drainage district taxes, totaled $639,004.82 to 112 counties. The four largest payments were to Shannon ($80,142), St. Louis ($50,192), Reynolds ($30,787) and Vernon ($25,593) counties. Since 1980, more than $8.2 million has been returned to Missouri counties under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program.

    Construction & Development - $20,402,924

    Paid for outstate service centers, hatchery improvements, wetland development, river access site development and other construction.

    Design and Development - $9,399,512

    Paid for engineering, construction administration and architecture.triangle

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