Annual Report Fiscal Year 2006–2007
This summary of the Annual Report highlights the Conservation Department’s accomplishments and expenditures from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007. These accomplishments are based on the nine goals established in The Next Generation of Conservation.
Plants & Animals
We are emphasizing the restoration and management of productive natural communities. We actively managed habitat on 21,752 acres of grassland/prairie, 41,259 acres of marsh/wetlands, 580 acres of glades, 45,000 acres of forest, 9,250 acres of savannas and 15,977 acres of old field.
Conserving all wildlife
MDC is leading the implementation of the Missouri Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy (CWS). CWS is a way of approaching conservation planning and implementation that integrates projects and initiatives with conservation partners, other agencies and private landowners. Grants and new money totaled at least $5 million during FY07.
MDC worked with state, federal and non-governmental organization partners to complete and implement invasive species work plans. Staff completed the Missouri Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan and drafted the Missouri Emerald Ash Borer Action Plan and the Emerald Ash Borer “frequently asked questions.”
Stream Stewardship Trust Fund
The Stream Stewardship Trust Fund is available to restore, enhance and/or protect stream systems and associated riparian habitats. The program and funds are administered by the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, and MDC staff apply for grants. In FY07, nine projects costing $690,000 were approved to protect 70.1 acres of stream channel and 276 acres of riparian corridor.
Taum Sauk restoration
MDC is working cooperatively with several agencies to restore forest, fish and wildlife resources affected by the collapse of the Upper Taum Sauk Dam. Efforts focused on construction of a new stream channel through Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, removal of clay and silt from Lower Taum Sauk Reservoir and the East Fork of the Black River, and flow releases from the lower reservoir. We also sampled habitat, fish, insects and other invertebrates to help evaluate effects on aquatic life and habitat.
Improving aquatic resources at Bagnell Dam
MDC joined other resource agencies and AmerenUE in efforts to determine how to design, construct and install a fish barrier net in front of the turbines of Bagnell Dam. There also have been collaborative efforts regarding water-quality enhancement measures to be taken within the operation of Bagnell Dam. Water quality and habitat improvements will be provided for the 82 miles of the Osage River below Bagnell Dam.
Measuring timber usage
To determine the usage of timber from Missouri’s forests, MDC foresters visited every sawmill, post mill,