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Published on: Mar. 3, 2002

Last revision: Nov. 12, 2010

Forest Nursery has been continually upgraded to meet an increasing demand from the public for tree seedlings. The nursery now ships more than 5 million trees per year.

  • A plant diagnostic laboratory and an entomology laboratory, both located in Columbia, provide forest health information to foresters and landowners.
  • Law Enforcement


    • To expand the number of protection personnel to meet other Department program needs.
    • To develop a research program in areas of wildlife law violation and enforcement procedures in order to streamline enforcement operations.

    Keeping the Promises of Design:

    • The number of uniformed conservation law enforcement personnel has increased from 154 in 1976 to 200 in 2002. Education requirements have been continually upgraded, and today's training standards meet or exceed all requirements for Missouri peace officers.
    • In 1999, the Department entered into an interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. States participating in the compact (17 thus far) can recognize out-of-state violations of wildlife laws and out-of-state license suspensions as if they occurred in their own state.
    • Operation Game Thief allows citizens to call and report violations and collect rewards anonymously. An annual average of 200 arrests are made from these calls. A yearly average of $12,800 in rewards has been paid for information.
    • The Conservation Department has added new shooting ranges almost every year since the inception of Design for Conservation. In addition to 43 unsupervised ranges, the Department maintains five manned training centers: Forest 44 and August A. Busch ranges in the St. Louis Region, Lake City Range in Kansas City, Dalton Training Center near Springfield, and the new Parma Woods Training Center and Range in Platte County.

    Information Program


    • To augment present information materials, such as motion pictures, slide talks and publications like the Conservationist and information bulletins and brochures.
    • To publish a series of high-quality field guides to flora and fauna and outdoor activities in Missouri.
    • To produce a series of school 'readers' or newsletters for use in Missouri classrooms.
    • To expand radio and television coverage of the outdoor scene by use of a mobile unit, self-contained, for production of sound and film material on site.
    • To expand exhibit construction.

    Keeping the Promises of Design:

    • Each month, the Missouri Conservationist magazine provides free conservation information to nearly 500,000 families.
    • "Missouri Outdoors," the Conservation Department's television program,

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