Annual Report Fiscal Year 2004–2005
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 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.