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Annual Report Fiscal Year 2001–2002

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Published on: May. 25, 2010

improved. The MDNR paid for 70 percent of the $540,000 project. The Conservation Department designed the project, supervised construction and provided the remaining funding.

  • Lake Taneycomo is again one of the nation's finest tailwater trout fisheries. New regulations were implemented for the upper three miles of Lake Taneycomo. Adjustments were also made in seasonal stocking. Recent samples collected by Department fisheries biologists contained more and larger rainbow trout than at any time in the 24 years that the fishery has been monitored using standard, late-summer electrofishing. Almost 60 percent of the population in the upper portions of the lake exceeded 13 inches, and 12 percent were 16 inches or longer.
  • No More Trash Campaign: In April, Governor Bob Holden launched Missouri's first statewide, anti-litter campaign. The departments of Conservation and Transportation coordinate the effort, which includes a Litter Advisory Board, a website and a comprehensive public awareness campaign.
  • Making Mussels: During 2001-2002, a group of dedicated biologists from the Missouri Department of Conservation and other organizations produced and released nearly 200,000 juvenile mussels of the scaleshell and pink mucket (both federally endangered), the Neosho mucket (federal candidate), snuffbox (state endangered), and black sandshell (state species of conservation concern). In January 2002, researchers recaptured juvenile Neosho muckets that had been stocked in 2000, providing exciting evidence that propagated juvenile mussels are surviving and growing in the wild.
  • National Fire Suppression: The MDC supplied 104 firefighters to assist with national fire emergencies. This included 80 employees who worked on 11 separate inter-agency crews and 24 who served in overhead, support and supervisory positions. Department personnel contributed to fire suppression efforts in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
  • Discovery Center Opens: The Conservation Department's Discovery Center opened in April, housing personnel from the departments of Conservation and Natural Resources. Six hands-on workshops provide urban students, teachers and others a chance to learn how to conserve and enjoy Missouri's fish, forest and wildlife resources. Five workshops are also available to registered families and youth group on Saturdays.
  • What the Money Buys - Fiscal Year 2001 - 2002

    • Forests - $14,779,428 Conservation Department programs foster a healthy and growing forest resource. Examples include distributing 7 million seedlings for planting to nearly 13,725 landowners, developing 99 Landowner Forest Stewardship Plans, bringing an additional 16,550 acres under total resource management , managing 438,700 acres of public forest land, developing the state's forest industry and conducting research on trees and forests.
    • Wildlife - $13,322,731 Conservation Department programs ensure wildlife populations that are in harmony with habitat and human enjoyment. Examples are: management of about 501,066 acres of public land, research and population monitoring of game and non-game species, wetland development, wildlife restoration and wildlife damage control.
    • Fisheries - $13,939,371 Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Missouri. In 2001, the Conservation Department sold 1,439,201 resident and non-resident fishing permits and tags of all types to 721,037 people. The agency produced 7,294,188 fish for stocking in various waters. The Conservation Department manages 849 public impoundments totaling 277,055 acres of water.
    • Natural History - $2,084,402 Coordinates and provides overall and specialized services to the Department's natural areas, endangered species programs, wildlife diversity and natural community conservation and management programs, as well as programs to promote public appreciation of natural resources.
    • Law Enforcement - $14,781,070 Paid for law enforcement, resource management, information, education and public service contact activities conducted by 200 conservation agents. Conservation agents, along with 2,053 volunteer instructors, conducted 1,051 classes and certified more than 34,000 students.
    • Outreach and Education - $13,050,891 Paid for education materials and contacts with Missouri schoolteachers, the Missouri Conservationist magazine, films, videos, postage and informational programs.
    • Private Land Services - $5,371,201 Newly established division provides resource education and technical assistance to private landowners to conserve forest, fish and wildlife resources.
    • Administration - $6,664,129 Paid for legal counsel, auditor, summer help and an expanded array of other administrative functions.
    • Administrative Services and Human Resources - $28,499,622 Paid for human resources, federal reimbursement administration, fiscal services, aviation services, fleet management, building and grounds maintenance, planning, environmental coordination, information management and technology and other essential services.
    • Land Acquisition, Landowner Assistance, In-Lieu Taxes - $4,838,696 In lieu of tax payments, which included levee and drainage district taxes, totaled $576,070.08 to 112 counties. The four largest payments were to Shannon ($80,782), St. Louis ($50,192), Reynolds ($30,904) and Vernon ($25,593) counties. Since 1980, more than $8.77 million has been returned to Missouri counties under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program.
    • Construction & Development - $13,329,929 Paid for outstate service centers, hatchery improvements, wetland development, river access site development and other construction.
    • Design and Development - $8,903,709 Paid for engineering, construction administration and architecture.

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