Annual Report Fiscal Year 2005–2006
This summary of the Annual Report highlights the Conservation Department’s accomplishments and expenditures from July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2006. These accomplishments are based on the three components of the Department’s mission statement.
“To protect and manage the fish, forest and wildlife resources of the state.”
New Strategic Plan: The Missouri Conservation Commission approved a new strategic plan titled The Next Generation of Conservation to ensure that the Department of Conservation will continue to conserve Missouri’s fish, forest and wildlife resources for the benefit of the state’s citizens. The plan identifies nine goals and specific actions that MDC will take to work with Missourians to achieve.
Taum Sauk Restoration: After the failure of the upper reservoir dam at the Taum Sauk hydroelectric facility in December 2005, staff have collaborated with DNR and project consultants on the design of the new stream channel within the state park and dealt with flow issues associated with the lower reservoir recovery activities. Additional work is underway to resolve habitat restoration and mitigation issues associated with the removal of sediment from the lower reservoir and East Fork of the Black River.
Fish Passage Improvements: MDC has led efforts to replace low-water crossings with clear-span bridge structures at selected locations in south-central Missouri. These efforts were designed to improve fish passage for the Niangua darter, a federally and state-listed species of conservation concern, and other native aquatic species. County partners and their residents have also benefited through enhanced bridge stability and safety and reductions in the time and expense of county crews in debris removal and bridge repairs.
Cost-share Funds for Private Landowners: Approximately 803 private landowners received nearly $1.3 million in cost-share funds to implement habitat management practices for fish, forest and wildlife resources. The funds helped install 1,431 individual conservation practices.
“To serve the public and facilitate their participation in resource management activities.”
- Grants Help Volunteer Fire Departments: MDC, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, provided more than $270,000 in grants to more than 140 volunteer fire departments. These grants help fund protective clothing, equipment and training.
- Private Land Services staff made more than 7,000 on-site landowner visits to offer technical assistance to landowners who wanted help with habitat management plans and handled 3,968 requests for wildlife nuisance and/or damage assistance, including 883 on-site visits.
- Share the Harvest: Conservation agents coordinate and support the Share the Harvest program with the Conservation Federation of Missouri, local charitable organizations and local meat processors. Approximately