Annual Report Fiscal Year 2004–2005
herd levels, while satisfying the desires of the growing number of urban hunters.
Youth Hunting: Youth-only portions of deer, turkey and waterfowl hunting seasons not only preserve family values related to hunting traditions, but create opportunities for youth to develop strong personal connections to nature.
What the Money Bought – Fiscal Year 2005
County Assistance Payments—$1,339,405 Includes payments to Missouri’s 114 counties for levee and drainage district taxes, forest cropland payments, payments in lieu of real estate taxes and county aid road trust payments. The five largest payments were to Shannon ($104,514), St. Louis ($52,529), Howard ($48,215), Lincoln ($43,618), and Holt ($38,656) counties.
Fisheries—$11,278,187 Managed 897 lakes and 40 stream management areas for public fishing. Over 840,000 people bought fishing permits making fishing one of the most popular outdoor activities in Missouri. Fish hatcheries produced about 8.4 million fish, stocking many farm ponds, reservoirs and streams.
Forestry—$14,987,545 Fostered a healthy and growing forest resource. Examples include distributing 5 million seedlings for planting to nearly 13,000 landowners, developing 180 Landowner Forest Stewardship Plans, bringing an additional 29,000 acres under total resource management, managing 438,700 acres of public forest land, monitoring insect and disease threats, and facilitating development of the state’s forest industry.
Wildlife—$15,106,140 Worked towards ensuring 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.
Resource Science—$11,669,901 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 activities and opinions about conservation programs.
Protection—$13,470,876 Paid for law enforcement in every county as well as resource management, information, education and public service contact activities conducted by 167 conservation agents who directly contacted 513,792 people. A joint investigation with Iowa resulted in over 200 citations and in excess of $36,000 in fines to individuals who unlawfully bought resident permits in both states. Conservation agents, along with 2,200 volunteer instructors conducted 1,072 hunter education classes, certifying 20,046 students.
Outreach and Education—$16,092,745 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—$6,766,496 Helped private landowners to