Annual Report Fiscal Year 2010–2011
public and private land statewide. The nursery filled more than 9,600 orders involving more than 38,000 packages of seedling trees, with a customer satisfaction rate of more than 99 percent.
The Missouri Forest Products Association and MDC sponsor logger training courses about forest-management principles, introducing new techniques and concepts and enhancing safety. Eight workshops were held across the state, training 66 loggers. These 66 join 266 others for a total of 332 trained loggers in Missouri.
On May 8, 2009, a severe storm impacted the southern half of Missouri. On MDC lands, approximately 13,000 acres were impacted and damaged-timber volume was estimated at 33 million board feet. In FY11, 11 salvage sales were contracted covering 811 acres. To date, 31.9 million board feet have been salvaged, bringing in $1.9 million in revenue to MDC. Salvage operations on MDC areas were completed in FY11.
Accounting for Department Operations
Listened to Missourians
We conduct a variety of scientifically sound, unbiased and representative efforts each year in an effort to understand public opinions, expectations and recreation participation. This information guides decisions about regulations and fish, forest and wildlife management. In FY10, there were 47 activities that involved 77,834 people. These included surveys, focus groups, public meetings and ombudsman contacts.
In 2008, MDC anticipated a decline in revenues due to the downturn in the economy. A vacancy management plan was implemented to identify positions that would not be filled as they became vacant. By June 2011, the vacancy management plan had been fully implemented and 174 positions were vacated and held. The vacancy management plan has resulted in a savings of more than $10 million.
Fiscal Year 2011 Summary
County Assistance Payments—$1,478,695 Included payments to Missouri’s counties for levee and drainage district taxes, forest cropland payments, payments in lieu of real estate taxes and county aid road trust payments. Since 1980, more than $15.17 million has been paid to Missouri counties in lieu of real estate taxes.
Capital Improvements—$17,101,172 Work included fish hatchery improvements, river access development, wetland renovations, shooting range construction, nature center improvements, land acquisition transactions and renovation and repair of facilities statewide.
Fisheries—$12,740,577 Maintained and improved sport fish populations, aquatic biodiversity and aquatic habitats. Managed 944 impoundments and stream areas for public fishing, and provided stream and lake management assistance to 5,679 private landowners. Stocked approximately 8.3 million fish in public lakes and streams.