The Promise Continues
and increased urbanization. One of the greatest trials will be managing aggressive, nonnative invasive species of insects, aquatic organisms and plants.
Invasive plants such as garlic mustard, Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese hop, purple loosestrife, sericea lespedeza, spotted knapweed and many others are displacing native plants, causing agricultural damage and reducing the biological diversity of Missouri’s outdoors.
“Successful control depends on prevention, early detection and rapid response,” says Draper. “Invasives can proliferate fairly quickly. Taking precautions to keep invasive plants from spreading is the best way to prevent them from establishing on your property.”
MDC has developed a series of fact sheets to help landowners identify and control several of the most invasive plant species that degrade their pastures and choke out native plants that have more nutritional value for domestic animals and wildlife. Download these factsheets and learn more about invasive species prevention and control at mdc.mo.gov/node/4086.
Aquatic invasives such as zebra mussels, rusty crayfish, didymo and Asian carp challenge the health of Missouri’s waterways. Learn how to prevent their spread at mdc.mo.gov/node/13536.
The Promise Continues
There is a challenge in conserving Missouri’s forest, fish and wildlife resources—a challenge that each generation has to choose to accept and ultimately lead. We owe that to those who came before us and, more importantly, to future generations. The Department remains committed to working with Missourians, and for Missourians, to achieve even more forest, fish and wildlife conservation success.
“Today, Missouri is known for world-class outdoor opportunities, and this is not by accident,” says Ziehmer. “Citizens in the state of Missouri have a passion for the outdoors like no other state across the nation. They took it upon themselves—they implemented steps that, today, place us as a national leader. I would encourage citizens to pause as we celebrate 75 years of conservation in the state and just reflect back, to recognize the success of conservation. It’s easy to see.”
Missouri’s natural resources, economic conditions and the needs and desires of its citizens are all changing. Looking forward, the Department will focus on five areas of responsibility:
- Ensure healthy and sustainable forest, fish and wildlife resources throughout the state.
- Manage lands held in public trust and associated infrastructure to ensure continued benefit to citizens and to forest, fish and wildlife resources.
- Provide opportunities for active citizen involvement in programs and services, and conservation education in both rural and urban areas.
- Engage partners at the