Public Services

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Published on: Mar. 3, 2002

Last revision: Nov. 12, 2010

range from technical assistance to providing fish for planting in ponds.

  • Dedicated management programs have increased fishing opportunities for trophy bluegill, trout and smallmouth bass, and have established or improved muskie and walleye waters.
  • More than 35,000 people monitor the health of Missouri's waterways, thanks to the volunteer Stream Team program. The nearly 2,000 Stream Teams are coordinated by the departments of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Conservation Federation of Missouri. Members plant trees, pick up litter and trash and monitor the water quality of their adopted stream.
  • Forest Management Services


    • To expand urban forestry services in metropolitan areas to help maintain the values of trees and shrubs on public and private land.
    • To expand community forestry assistance to all Missouri communities by developing tree planting and maintenance plans for municipal and institutional lands which would preserve some of the benefits of a forest environment in towns. Included would be an option for limited cost sharing to buy planting stock for public properties.
    • To provide additional technical forestry assistance to rural landowners and the forest industry and to encourage and spell out forest practices for multiple use of private forest land.
    • To develop 45 acres of new seedbed facilities to meet growing demand for forest tree seedlings and wildlife shrubs.
    • To develop a forest resource planning unit to review environmental impact of projects on forest land and to work with Soil and Water Conservation Districts and other local governmental units in resource planning and management.

    Keeping the Promises of Design:

    • The Conservation Department has increased the number of professional foresters throughout the state, including in urban areas, to offer landowners advice on forest improvement and marketing forest products and improving wildlife habitat.
    • Free technical assistance on planting new trees, care and maintenance of existing trees, and insect and disease diagnosis is provided to individuals, municipal governments, tree boards, commercial arborists, and nurseries and developers.
    • Urban foresters are located in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, Joplin, St. Charles, Eureka and Cape Girardeau. However, all forest regions provide urban forestry assistance.
    • The Missouri Forestkeepers Network educates Missourians about the care and management of Missouri's trees and forests and enlists volunteer support in monitoring forest health. Forestkeepers now number about 1,200 and represent 104 of the state's 114 counties.
    • The George O. White State

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