Mission, Vision, Strategic Plan


Our Mission

To protect and manage the fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state; to facilitate and provide opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about these resources.

Our Values

Dedicated to our mission  

  • Evolve to remain relevant and accomplish our mission in a changing world.  
  • Lean into opportunities and challenges and strive for constant improvement. 

Responsible stewards 

  • Honor the public’s trust to conserve Missouri’s natural resources and connect people to nature.  
  • Make decisions that ensure the responsible use of public funds.

Trusted professionals 

  • Value the expertise and leadership we each bring to our disciplines.  
  • Invest in continuous learning to ensure we are recognized leaders in conservation. 

One MDC  

  • Be inclusive of diverse people, ideas, experiences, and partners.  
  • Encourage trusting relationships, effective collaboration and open, honest communication.  

Our Vision


A future with healthy fish, forests, and wildlife where all people appreciate nature.

Our Conservation Goals

MDC Takes Care of Nature

This means Missouri has healthy land, water and forests, and sustainable fish and wildlife.

MDC Connects People with Nature

This means Missourians have places to go to enjoy nature, and Missourians value nature.

MDC Maintains Public Trust

This means Missourians are confident their investments are used wisely, and Missouri is a recognized leader in conservation.