Annual Report Fiscal Year 2005–2006
5,100 hunters donated 267,000 pounds of venison to less fortunate Missourians.
“To provide opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy and learn about fish, forest and wildlife resources.”
Stream Team Growth: The 3,000th team was added, and there were large-scale cleanups on the Missouri, Blue, Meramec and several Ozark rivers. Adopt-An-Access activities have doubled, and we continue to collaborate with canoe outfitters statewide to provide trash bags for floaters.
Dove Hunting: MDC has expanded the management of conservation areas to provide dove-hunting opportunities in more than 70 counties.
Connecting Urban Residents With Forests: MDC collaborated with the U.S. Forest Service, Kansas Forestry Department and Bridging the Gap to launch the Heartland Tree Alliance. It was formed to connect Kansas City residents with their urban and community forests through participation in volunteer projects.
Educational Unit Developed: The first educational unit, “Conserving Missouri’s Aquatic Ecosystems,” was developed for sixth to eighth grades for the Learning Outdoor schools program.
Deer Hunting: Significant changes simplified statewide deer regulations and improved our ability to manage deer numbers. Changes included county-level management, unlimited antlerless permits in most counties, four-point antler restriction and an urban counties portion of the firearms season.
Community Assistance: Through the Community Assistance Programs (CAP) and the closely related Corporate and Agency Partnership Program (CAPP), MDC entered into agreements (usually 25 per year) with cities, counties, state and federal agencies, businesses, foundations, schools and colleges to provide fisheries management at existing lakes and ponds and to cooperatively develop and maintain facilities for anglers and boaters at lake and stream areas. MDC has agreements with 113 partners for the cooperative management of 145 public lakes, 41 stream-access areas, four lake-access areas and six aquatic resource-education ponds.
What the Money Bought—Fiscal Year 2006
County Assistance Payments—$1,396,316 Included payments to Missouri’s counties for levee and drainage district taxes, forest cropland payments,