Annual Report Fiscal Year 2004–2005
achieve long-term conservation of natural resources and their land-use objectives. Delivered over $1.1 million in cost-share funds to approximately 850 private landowners; provided on-site technical assistance to over 6,000 private landowners; improved habitat for quail and grassland songbirds on over 10,700 acres of private land; helped landowners enroll almost 6,800 acres into the Wetland Reserve Program; and assisted almost 5,300 private landowners in controlling nuisance wildlife.
Administration—$2,350,815 Paid for audits, legal counsel, planning, environmental coordination, local government assistance, summer help and general expenses and equipment.
Administrative Services and Human Resources—$27,243,693 Paid for human resources, federal reimbursement administration, hunting and fishing permit point-of-sale system, fiscal services, distribution center, print shop, fleet management, vehicle and equipment maintenance centers, and information management and technology. Also includes other agency appropriations, Department-wide equipment and other essential services.
Construction and Development—$16,242,558 Work included fish hatchery improvements, development of nature centers, river accesses, wetlands, shooting ranges and renovation and repair of facilities statewide.
Design and Development—$11,082,357 Paid for building and grounds maintenance, engineering and architectural services.
New Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center opened May 2005 and focuses on southeast Missouri’s unique habitats and history. Indoor exhibits include a beaver lodge, swamp, Native American artifacts and more. The outdoors offers ponds and walking trails through forested hills and wetlands.
The “Learning Outdoors” Program was initiated to better help Missouri schools teach children what it takes to keep our fish, forests and wildlife—all nature—thriving. Grants for field trips, outdoor classrooms and learning kits will be integrated with teaching units to meet the demands of student testing as well as the joy of learning.
Deer Hunting: Unlimited antlerless deer permits were available for many Missouri counties (249,518 permits sold) and many more no-cost any-deer and antlerless deer permits were made available free to resident landowners (325,353 permits). The Department annually conducts the Managed Deer Hunt Program providing an additional 73 hunts on state and federal lands. Urban deer harvest opportunities were expanded to maintain deer populations at homeowner-desired 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
Mississippi River Sturgeon Regulations: In cooperation with Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee, the Department established new regulations on the commercial harvest of shovelnose sturgeon in the Mississippi River. These regulations are designed