Annual Report Fiscal Year 2007–2008
charitable organizations and local meat processors. During FY08, approximately 5,569 hunters donated 260,908 pounds of venison.
Community Assistance Program
Through the Community Assistance Program (CAP) and the closely related Corporate and Agency Partnership Program (CAPP), MDC enters into agreements (usually 25-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 118 partners for the cooperative management of 158 public lakes (9,634 acres of water), 42 stream-access areas, four lake-access areas and six aquatic resource education ponds.
Plants & Animals
Quail and grassland-bird habitat
The status of quail, prairie chicken and other grassland bird populations and efforts to reduce their decline remain top MDC priorities. The Department completes approximately 70,000 acres of quail and grassland-bird friendly habitat work on conservation areas each year.
We are emphasizing the restoration and management of productive natural communities. We actively managed habitat on 20,607 acres of grassland/prairie, 37,745 acres of marsh/wetlands, 11,026 acres of glades, 48,223 acres of forest, 18,084 acres of savannas and 18,539 acres of old field.
River basin management
Staff participated in working groups to implement ecosystem-based management necessary for the conservation and enhancement of natural and recreational resources of the Missouri, Mississippi and White rivers. They helped direct the implementation of $54 million available through the Missouri River Fish and Wildlife Mitigation Project for habitat restoration, $16.8 million available through the Mississippi River Environmental Management Program (EMP) for biological monitoring and habitat restoration, and $10 million available for planning efforts within the proposed Mississippi River Navigation and Ecosystem Restoration Program.
The Statewide Conservation Genetics Program
The productivity and survival of Missouri’s plants and animals depend on genetic diversity. Through DNA analysis, rare species can be protected, fishing can be improved, hatchery strains can be selected and species can be restored. DNA often can be used to identify species, sources and sometimes “parents” of animals and plants. Examples of species studies include black bass, shortleaf pine and hellbenders.
New youth fishing program begun
GO FISH! staff and volunteers taught fishing and environmental stewardship to St. Louis children through 249 programs. Free fishing equipment was given to more than 2,200 anglers after successful completion of programs.
Helping more Missourians enjoy the outdoors
Both the Hunting Method Exemption Program and the Group Fishing Program are designed to assist disabled hunters and provide opportunities for