MCHF advances conservation, enjoyment, and appreciation of our forest, fish and wildlife resources by funding priority projects of donors, the Foundation, and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Although we are separate from MDC, we share the agency’s mission and recognize it as our primary strategic partner. Private donors, grants, and our Stream Stewardship Trust Fund (an in lieu fee stream mitigation program with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) provide MCHF funding. Missourians also support us when they display a Conservation Heritage license plate on their vehicles.
MCHF has sponsored projects and events with dozens of conservation partners, always in coordination with MDC. We have invested over $12 million in projects since our founding in 1997. We recently raised over $60,000 to help MDC and Bennett Spring State Park to construct two fishing/viewing platforms along the spring branch at this popular trout park. Examples of other recent projects include support for Girls Exploring Nature outdoor camps, watershed protection and land acquisition in the LaBarque Creek watershed and other watersheds, Missouri Archery in the Schools programs, disabled hunter and angler events, woman and youth hunting experiences, Joplin tree planting, river access improvements, endangered species recovery projects, and numerous others.
Donors can direct their support to the programs that they care most about, such as public land acquisition, hunter education, natural areas protection, or for an individual nature centers or conservation areas. Please visit mochf.org for more information and to sign up for our newsletter.