Annual Report Fiscal Year 2001–2002
This summary of the Annual Report is a snapshot of the Conservation Department's financial transactions and year-long accomplishments from July 1, 2001, through June 30, 2002. The Conservation Department made $576,070 in payments to Missouri counties in lieu of taxes, and also paid $312,800 for land in the Forest Cropland Program.
- Continued offering landowner deer and turkey permits for qualifying nonresidents at reduced price. Beginning with the spring 2001 turkey season, qualifying nonresident landowners were able to purchase deer and turkey hunting permits at reduced prices. To qualify, nonresidents must own a minimum of 75 contiguous acres within a single management unit.
- New look for hunting, fishing and trapping permits. In response to users' preferences, the Department redesigned its hunting, fishing and trapping permits for 2002. The new permits are printed with black ink on bright yellow paper. Adhesive paper replaced the old cash register receipt format. The new format is larger, more durable and easier to read.
- Improved status of some rare species. This past year MDC staff, along with partners from universities, non-profit organizations and other government agencies, restored habitat that improved the status of prairie chickens, scaleshell mussels, Topeka shiners, and Niangua darters. We also discovered new populations of Hine's Emerald dragonflies, Hall's bulrush, Indiana bats, and Illinois chorus frogs, as well as augmented populations of declining black sandshell and snuffbox mussels. Greater efforts were made to provide management assistance and financial incentives to private landowners who voluntarily participated in the recovery of some of our rare species.
- Celebrated the 25th Anniversary of "Design for Conservation." In 1976, Missouri voters approved a landmark, 1/8th of one-cent sales tax dedicated solely for conservation of Missouri's fish, forest and wildlife resources. The Department outlined its goals for the tax in a broad plan called Design for Conservation. Funds generated by the sales tax have been used for land acquisition, improving public access to streams, developing public fishing opportunities, building fish hatcheries, developing nature centers and other educational resources, and research.
- Protection agents made 216,311 resource contacts, noted 24,417 wildlife violations, issued 3,897 written warnings and made 7,214 arrests. In addition, agents held 6,193 youth meetings, displayed 1,761 exhibits, made 9,877 appearances on radio/TV programs and certified 34,088 new hunter safety students in 1,051 hunter education classes.
- Operation Game Thief continues to grow in terms of number of calls received and percentage of calls resulting in arrests. In 2001, Operation