The Promise Continues

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Published on: Sep. 17, 2012

are great, the rewards even greater. Together, Missourians and the Department will continue to build on our conservation inheritance and share our outdoor heritage with new generations. This is the ultimate way to deepen our connection to the land, forests and waterways of the state, and forge a brighter future for the outdoors and for ourselves.

The Foundation of Missouri’s Economy and Quality of Life - Conservation makes Missouri a great place to live, work, hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors.

Conservation Pays in Missouri.

Each year fish and wildlife recreation, and the forest products industry, contribute more than $11.4 billion to Missouri’s economy.

Conservation Pays its Way.

Forest, fish and wildlife recreation spending generates more than $382 million annually of state and local tax revenue. The amount of state sales tax revenue generated from fish and wildlife recreation and the forest products industry is about the same as the sales tax revenue received by MDC from the conservation sales tax. For every $8 spent on taxable items, one penny goes to conservation. The Department’s budget is less than 1 percent of the total state budget and the Department receives no state general revenue.

Conservation Pays for Jobs.

Fish and wildlife recreation and the forest products industry support more than 95,000 Missouri jobs.

Conservation Makes Missouri a Great Place to Hunt, Fish and Enjoy Nature.

Missouri is known for world-class outdoor adventures. More than one-quarter of tourism dollars in Missouri are spent on forest, fish and wildlife recreation. More than 600,000 people hunt in Missouri, 1.1 million fish, and 2.2 million view, feed or photograph wildlife. They spend more than $3 billion each year in Missouri.

Conservation Preserves Missouri’s Outdoor Heritage.

Missouri is ranked first in the nation for hunter recruitment. For every 100 hunters that stop hunting, 116 take up hunting. Missouri is ranked fifth in the nation for the number of resident hunters and eighth in the nation for the number of resident anglers.

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Missourians Care About Conservation

What Missourians Say About Conservation

  • 93 percent report they are interested in Missouri’s forests, fish and wildlife.
  • 73 percent agree that land should be acquired for forests, fish and wildlife conservation.
  • Missourians are uniquely outdoor-oriented, with a majority of adults preferring outdoor recreational activities (56 percent) to reading or watching TV (34 percent), or structured sports (9 percent).
  • 91 percent agree, “It is important for outdoor places to be protected even if you don’t plan to visit the area.”
  • 79 percent agree that the Conservation Department should help restore animals that once lived, or are currently rare, in the state.
  • More than three-quarters agree that the Conservation Department “should assist communities that want to include trees and green spaces in housing, business and shopping developments” (79 percent).
  • 82 percent agree that the Conservation Department should help private landowners who want to restore native communities of plants and animals.
  • 88 percent approve of hunting for food.

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