Your Opinion Counts
mailings of the magazine, offer more group programs in urban areas, and to expand nature centers and facilities that welcomed all urban residents to learn more about conservation and the outdoors.
Recently, focus groups pointed out many of the strategies northern Missouri landowners are using to increase quail numbers. Popular activities are planting food plots, providing supplemental feed such as shell corn during the winter and times of bad weather, and creating brush piles. The focus group’s interest in increasing quail numbers led the Department to prepare a mail survey for landowners regarding quail management practices and the possibility of developing quail cooperatives.
Meeting Your Needs
Given the varied interests and activities of people and groups, we may not be able to please all of the people all of the time, but the Department of Conservation uses public input to create opportunities to please most of the people most of the time.
By balancing the well-being of Missouri’s fish, forest and wildlife resources with the desires of the public, the Department of Conservation will continue to provide quality public service and resource management. We do this to ensure that future generations of Missourians will have the same great outdoor recreation opportunities and fish, forest and wildlife resources that we enjoy today.
You can help by carefully filling out any surveys you might receive from the Department of Conservation.
Your opinion always counts!
Ways We listen
- Meetings of the Conservation Commission are open to the public, and anyone may contact the Department to request to address the commission at a meeting.
- Conservation Department regulations are formed and discussed in a public setting, and anyone may request to make a presentation to the regulations committee.
- The Department’s ombudsman works with citizens to answer questions and resolve conflicts and is available by mail, telephone and e-mail (See the “Ask the Ombudsman”).
- The Department conducts a wide variety of surveys and focus groups to determine opinions and attitudes. The Department has regularly conducted surveys for almost 30 years.
- The Department has eight regional service centers and additional public contact offices to assist Missourians with conservation requests and to answer questions.
- The Department conducts frequent public meetings and forums where Missourians can offer opinions and have their questions answered.
- You may write to the editor of this magazine at Magazine@mdc.mo.gov or ask questions through the Department’s Web site, www.missouriconservation.org.
What You Say About Conservation
- The majority of Missourians feel the Department of Conservation is doing an excellent or good job of providing services to themselves (64 percent), their families (63 percent), the community (61 percent) and the state (67 percent).
- Most Missourians (73 percent) agree that land should be acquired for fish, forest and wildlife conservation.
- When asked about the less than 2 percent of Missouri’s acres that are owned by the Department, only 2 percent of Missourians report this is “too much.”
- Most Missourians agree that it is important for outdoor places to be protected, even if they don’t plan to visit them (91 percent).
- Almost all Missourians report they are interested in Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife (93 percent).
- Most Missourians enjoy wildlife around their home (82 percent).
- Most Missourians (88 percent) approve of hunting for food.
- Missourians are outdoor-oriented, responding that they enjoy watching programs on TV about the outdoors (80 percent); walking in their neighborhood (76 percent); reading about nature and wildlife (73 percent); gardening (62 percent); feeding birds and wildlife at home (61 percent); using Department Conservation Areas (59 percent); fishing (51 percent); camping (38 percent); boating (35 percent); pistol or rifle target shooting (30 percent); and hunting (26 percent).
- When asked about their need for activities within 20 minutes of their home, 63 percent reported “hiking and walking trails,” 60 percent“picnicking,” 59 percent “Nature Center or nature viewing,” 54 percent “boating or canoeing,” and 51 percent “fishing or camping.”