Annual Report Fiscal Year 2003–2004
developing the state's forest industry and conducting research on trees and forests.
Wildlife - $14,479,161 Conservation Department programs ensure wildlife populations that are in harmony with habitat and human enjoyment. Managed 513,776 acres of public land and conducted programs to monitor game and non-game species, develop wetlands, and restore wildlife.
Fisheries - $10,801,408 Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Missouri. In 2003, the Conservation Department sold 1,382,219 resident and non-resident fishing permits and tags of all types to 851,518 people. The agency produced 5,493,761 fish for stocking in various waters. The Conservation Department manages 870 public impoundments totaling 277,425 acres of water.
Resource Science - $10,662,262 Provided the science-based information needed to effectively manage Missouri's natural resources. Resource Science monitors the status of Missouri's forests, fish, and wildlife, recommends conservation actions, evaluates these actions, and reports the results. In addition to surveys of fish and wildlife, more than 200,000 Missourians were contacted to determine their outdoor activity and opinions about conservation programs.
Law Enforcement - $13,294,140 Paid for law enforcement, resource management, information, education and public service contact activities conducted by 167 conservation agents. Conservation agents, along with 2,200 volunteer instructors, conducted 1,072 Hunter Education classes, certifying 20,046 students.
Outreach and Education - $15,223,426 Sustained and nourished Missourians' connection to the outdoors by providing educational materials, schoolteacher contacts, outdoor skills programs, the Missouri Conservationist magazine, TV show, books, videos, informational programs, staffed shooting ranges and Conservation Nature Centers.
Private Land Services - $6,027,527 Delivered resource education and technical assistance to private landowners to conserve forest, fish and wildlife resources.
Administration - $2,991,907 Paid for general expenses and equipment, auditor, legal counsel, planning, environmental coordination, local government assistance, summer help and other administrative functions.
Administrative Services and Human Resources - $28,830,801 Paid for human resources, federal reimbursement administration, hunting and fishing permit point-of-sale system, fiscal services, distribution center, print shop, building and grounds maintenance, and information management and technology. Also includes other agency appropriations, department-wide equipment and other essential services.
Land Acquisition, Landowner Assistance, In-Lieu Taxes - $4,656,174 In Lieu of Tax and forest cropland payments, which included levee and drainage district taxes, totaled $953,484 to 113 counties. The four largest payments were to Shannon ($78,347), St. Louis ($50,266), Holt ($32,735), and Howard ($30,890) counties. Since 1980, more than $10.11 million has been returned to Missouri counties under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program.
Construction & Development - $12,939,215 Work included fish hatchery improvements, development of nature centers, river accesses, wetlands, shooting ranges and renovation and repair of facilities statewide.
Design and Development - $10,795,902 Paid for engineering, architectural and construction services.
General Region Expenditures - $3,943,120 Expenditures for the regions that are not specific to any one division.