Annual Report Fiscal Year 2004–2005
to protect the sturgeon population from overharvest due to the worldwide demand for caviar.
Catfish Harvest Management Study: In 2004, a 5-year catfish harvest management study was initiated to learn about flathead and blue catfish ecology and population dynamics. In 2005, more than 8,000 catfish were captured, tagged and released; it is the largest such study ever conducted. Monitoring population and size-class changes will provide better information to manage these popular sportfish. The study will also look at spawning behavior and catfish movement.
Healthy Forests: Over 53,000 acres of forestland were actively managed during the 2004–05 fiscal year. Missouri’s public forests are managed to promote forest health and sustainability. Additionally, managed forests provide opportunities for hiking, equestrian use, birding, hunting and numerous other activities.
Conserving All Wildlife in Missouri: The Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy was completed and submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is a federal requirement that will allow Missourians to obtain additional federal funds. The strategy describes the Department’s plans for conserving native plants and animals and the habitats they depend upon.
Quail and Grassland Bird Habitat: The Department emphasized restoration of quail and grassland bird habitats on Department lands, implemented regional quail/grassland bird action plans, and identified prospective private landowner cooperatives within quail focus areas. Quail and bird population monitoring was implemented to evaluate management actions.
“To serve the public and facilitate their participation in resource management activities.”
Telecheck: The new Telecheck system allows hunters to check deer and turkey by phone or online. The Department estimates it will save $500,000 a year with this system.
Private Land Services staff made 6,087 onsite landowner visits to offer technical assistance in the development of habitat management plans and handled 5,280 requests for wildlife nuisance and/or damage assistance, including 696 on-site visits.
Share the Harvest: Through this program, hunters, in partnership with established charitable organizations, donate deer meat to those in need. Conservation agents coordinate the Share the Harvest program with the Conservation Federation of Missouri. During fiscal year 2004–05, 5,161 hunters donated 275,374 pounds of venison.
Rural Volunteer Fire Department Grants: Each year the Forestry Division, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, provides grants to rural volunteer fire departments. In fiscal year 2004–05, 179 rural fire departments received over $380,000 in grants that funded equipment, special clothing and training.
Cost-share Funds for Private Landowners: Over $1.1 million in cost-share funds were delivered to approximately 850 private landowners to implement beneficial habitat management practices targeting