paper to insert anti-tree topping advertisements.
Community forestry planning and technical assistance
The Saline County Commission has also tapped into a tree management resource offered by the Department of Conservation.
At the Saline County Courthouse, the Department’s Forestry Division designed a tree management plan for the courthouse grounds. It included information on which trees to prune and how to do so, which trees should be removed, what kind of trees to plant and where to plant them.
The Department’s services have also been used at correctional facilities in Marshall and Columbia, on the Marshall Habilitation Center campus, downtown in Jefferson City, at a cemetery in Montgomery City and in right-of-way areas in Hermann.
These services would also be beneficial for other public institutions—such as fire and police stations, public schools, libraries, city halls and parks—wherever a commitment to actively care for trees is demonstrated.
Smokey Bear Materials
Want some Smokey Bear materials for a local event? The Department has those, too. Local forestry offices in the Central Region keep a limisted supply of fire prevention materials to distribute to small groups. If you are organizing an event and would like Smokey Bear supplies, simply contact your local forester.
Fire Department Support
Protecting forests from damaging wildfires is one aspect of the Department of Conservation’s mission to preserve and protect Missouri’s forests. Luckily, there are strong rural volunteer fire departments throughout the state, and they and the Department work together on wildfire suppression.
In the past year, the Conservation Department has distributed $60,000 to rural fire departments in the Central Region. Twenty-eight fire departments from Argyle to Westphalia, and from Brumley to Vichy, used these funds to purchase equipment such as backpack blowers, hoses and personal protective equipment.
Another way the Department supports fire departments is through the Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP). FEPP is federal equipment on loan to state foresters for use in rural and wildland fire protection programs. The Department uses FEPP to loan equipment such as pumper trucks, generators and tools to fire departments.
Besides all the pumps, hoses and tanks, fire departments in the Central Region have a total of $2.8 million worth of big-ticket items—including 120 vehicles—on loan from the Department.
The Community Assistance Program (CAP) helps provide close-to-home fishing opportunities in communities throughout the state.
In this program, the Missouri Department of Conservation enters into agreements with local governments, schools and businesses to provide fisheries management at existing lakes and ponds. They also provide most of the