From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
March 2002 Issue

Back Cover

image of muralConservation Murals

The front and back covers of this special issue of the Conservationist include material taken from conservation murals by Mark Raithel, an artist who works for the Conservation Department. The 66-inch high murals are on display at the Conservation Department's central office complex in Jefferson City. Raithel's three murals depict conservation efforts and advancements in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. They continue a series of murals created by Charles W. Schwartz to tell the story of conservation in Missouri from early settlement times through the passage of the Conservation Sales Tax Amendment in 1976.

Also in this issue

Conservation Lands

Design for Conservation directed the Conservation Department to acquire lands for the purpose of protecting species and unique habitats and for public recreation.


Election day, November 2, 1976, culminated years of planning and campaigning for the conservation community.


Twenty-five years ago, Missourians voted to fund conservation programs through a 1/8 of one cent sales tax. The passage of the conservation sales tax amendment proved to be one of the most important events in the history of conservation in Missouri.

Management and Research

The lyrics, "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone," shouldn't apply to Missouri's precious natural resources.

Public Services

Missouri's conservation efforts sustain wildlife and its sometimes fragile habitats, they improve the health of forests, fill Missouri's streams and lakes with fish and even help clean up the air and water, but all conservation programs and activities-no matter how diverse-ultimately aim at serving the people of Missouri.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Managing Editor - Bryan Hendricks
Art Editor - Dickson Stauffer
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Composition - Libby Bode Block
Circulation - Bertha Bainer