Annual Report Fiscal Year 2007–2008
educational or rehabilitation groups to experience fishing. During FY08, we issued 3,055 hunting method exemptions to help disabled hunters. We also issued 260 group-fishing permits to help Missourians who otherwise might not be able to participate and learn about outdoor fishing.
Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program
MDC—in collaboration with the Conservation Federation of Missouri—is the Missouri coordinating agency for the NASP. By the end of 2008, more than 40 Missouri schools will have adopted this program in fourth- to 12th-grade physical-education classes. Many of these schools received reimbursement grants up to $500 toward NASP-approved archery equipment, and more than 5,500 students experienced the program.
New hunters and anglers
Staff and volunteers provided more than 1,500 instructional programs in hunting, fishing, trapping and shooting sports to more than 45,000 people. We offered more than 1,000 Hunter Education classes, certified 25,288 students and piloted an online Hunter Education training module.
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Public lands equestrian use
Horse riding is a popular form of recreation. We developed a joint statewide mail survey of horse-riding enthusiasts in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, National Parks Service and the U.S. Forest Service. It was mailed to Missouri horse owners and handed out to riders at major trail rides and through outfitters. Results will help to develop a plan for equestrian use on public lands in the state.
MDC conducted habitat management activities on approximately 180,000 acres of public land. Staff spent nearly 323,862 hours on area maintenance.
Adopt-A-Trail volunteers monitor, maintain and help to enhance trails and trailheads. In FY08, volunteers spent 963 hours on conservation-area trails.
“Discover Nature—Schools” launched
To make our educational offerings more recognizable, programs for families, women and schools will be known under the “Discover Nature” umbrella. The new middle-school unit for that program was launched statewide. Seventy-one schools with 3,041 students received grants to participate. Field trip grants helped 22,204 students at 194 schools get outdoors. Outdoor Classroom grants were awarded to 27 new schools. Grants to schools exceeded $202,000.
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Shannon County opened this year. It places a special emphasis on the history of the Ozarks’ timber industry. Displays there include vintage logging equipment, a log cabin and an early 20th century schoolhouse.
Helped citizens discover, use and enjoy the outdoors
More than 1 million visitors experienced our conservation nature centers and shooting-range/outdoor-education centers. These facilities offered a wide variety of programs, with more than 300,000 participants.