Annual Report Fiscal Year 2005–2006
payments in lieu of real estate taxes and county aid road trust payments. Since 1980, more than $11.75 million has been paid to Missouri counties in lieu of taxes.
Capital Improvements—$31,881,332 Work included fish hatchery improvements, development of nature centers, river accesses, wetlands, shooting ranges, land acquisition transactions and renovation and repair of facilities statewide.
Fisheries—$11,649,737 Managed 906 lakes and 40 stream management areas for public fishing. More than 840,000 people bought fishing permits, making fishing one of the most popular outdoor activities in Missouri. Fish hatcheries stocked 7.6 million fish in public lakes and streams.
Forestry—$15,168,275 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—$16,219,278 Worked toward ensuring wildlife populations are in harmony with habitat and human enjoyment. Managed 526,198 acres of public land and implemented programs to maintain and restore natural communities and wildlife diversity across Missouri’s landscape.
Outreach and Education—$16,232,568 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—$7,908,722 Helped private landowners to achieve long-term conservation of natural resources and their land-use objectives. Delivered nearly $1.3 million in cost-share funds to 803 private landowners; provided on-site technical assistance to more than 7,000 private landowners; improved habitat for quail and grassland songbirds on more than 10,700 acres of private land; helped landowners enroll almost 6,400 acres into the Wetland Reserve Program; and assisted almost 4,000 private landowners in controlling nuisance wildlife.
Protection—$13,640,869 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 more than 625,000 people. Coordinated the Share the Harvest Program where more than 5,000 deer hunters donated more than 267,000 pounds of venison to less fortunate Missourians. Conservation agents, along with 2,200 volunteer instructors, conducted 1,024 hunter education classes, certifying 27,003 students.
Resource Science—$12,095,061 Provided the science-based information needed to effectively manage Missouri’s natural resources. Resource Science monitors the status of Missouri’s fish, forests 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.
Regional Public Contact Offices—$4,345,058 Provided regional public contact offices.
Administrative Services and Human Resources—$29,962,307 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.
Design and Development—$11,526,041 Provided engineering, architectural, surveying and construction services for conservation programs and maintenance of conservation areas and facilities.
Administration—$2,361,266 Paid for audits, legal counsel and the coordination of strategic planning, environmental policy development, cultural resource reviews, public involvement and river basin management.