The Conservation Department makes a special effort to reach out to landowners. Private land makes up more than 90 percent of the state. The Department wants to develop a "culture of conservation" among private landowners to secure the quality of Missouri's lands, waterways, plants and wildlife.
With the creation of the Private Land Services division, the Conservation Department has paved the way for even more cooperation with landowners. Private Land Conservationists located throughout the state are able to provide landowners information about cost-share programs, grants and other assitance available. There is scarcely a landowner they can't help.
Field personnel have always been the front line of the Conservation Department. Although the number of full-time employees of the Conservation Department has nearly doubled since 1976, the emphasis has been on putting more agents in the field, more wildlife and forestry specialists in every county and more education consultants in urban areas. The number of people peforming the "field work" of conservation now dwarfs the number of central office workers.
In the modern era, the "field" has come to include urban and suburban areas. Though such areas may have little room left for forests, lakes or wildlife, they hold the majority of our citizens and, therefore, the future of conservation.
Many Conservation Department programs focus on bringing the miracles of the outdoors to our cities in the form of nature centers, educational programs, natural areas and opportunities for outdoor recreation. Exposure to natural things and processes is the best way to nourish an appreciation of them.triangle image
Wildlife Management Services
- To provide technical service, advice and planting materials for landowners and to encourage good wildlife management practices by making more field service specialists available for direct assistance to landowners.
- To expand the predator control program to incorporate all wildlife damage assistance on an extension basis, including problems with birds.
- To increase short courses and outdoor clinics on wildlife management techniques and environmental improvements for the benefit of all landowners.
- To intensify rural youth group programs with educational and planting material which could be adapted to almost any agricultural operation.
- To develop and implement wildlife management plans, including planting materials, on all school-owned outdoor areas used for teaching purposes.
Keeping the Promises of Design:
- The Conservation Department reaches out to landowners in many ways, giving advice, loaning equipment and, where appropriate, sharing costs for