to provide technical assistance in 2002. In addition, numerous habitat management workshops and field days were conducted across the state to help private landowners achieve their land use objectives while enhancing the conservation of Missouri's natural resources.
Walleye Restoration in the St. Francis River. Beginning March 1, 2003, anglers were allowed to harvest walleye in the St. Francis River above Wappapello Lake. Starting in 1996, the Conservation Department began a walleye restoration project by stocking nearly 200,000 small walleye in the river above Wappapello Lake. Walleye fishing in the upper St. Francis River had been limited to catch-and-release only.
St. Louis City Lake Renovations. Lake renovations were completed at Forest Park and Carondelet Park. Jefferson Lake in Forest Park and Horseshoe Lake in Carondelet Park, both public fishing lakes,were deepened to provide improved fish habitat. Jefferson Lake also received an aeration system and a fishing platform. Four youth only fishing ponds and a successional wetland were created in the hatchery area of Forest Park.
Missouri River Accesses. Several accesses in the Kansas City area were developed through the Community Assistance Program.They are at LaBenite Park, Riverfront Park and Fort Osage. In addition, Stump Island Access in central Missouri was completed. Significant progress was made on other Missouri River access projects through CAPs, including Pelican Island near St. Louis, Lexington and Parkville.
Lost Valley Hatchery staff raised more than 17,000 endangered Topeka shiners. The Department demonstrated for the first time that it can successfully raise a large number of these endangered fish.As a result of this success MDC will collect Missouri fish from the two remaining populations in Sugar Creek in Harrison County and Moniteau Creek in Cooper County.All fish raised will be used for re-introduction into the state.
Bat Management Plan: The MDC and other partners began developing a bat conservation plan for Missouri. The plan will include: ecological considerations for the different species in Missouri, strategies for population monitoring, recommendations for managing caves and mines and surface habitats, research needs, urban bat issues and public health, partnerships, and education.
Increased gypsy moth detection efforts. Conducted trapping for gypsy moths in 27 counties. Increased number of traps from 2,100 to 4,500 traps.
Conducted the Third Youth-Only Spring Turkey Season. During the special, two-day turkey season for resident youths age 15-years and younger, 19,000 participants harvested 3,660 birds, of which 72 percent were mature. There were no reported accidents.