Annual Report Fiscal Year 1998–1999
This summary of the Annual Report is a snapshot of the Conservation Department's financial transactions and year-long accomplishments from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 1999. The Conservation Department made $617,501.82 in payments to Missouri counties in lieu of taxes, and also paid $295,264.50 for land in the Forest Cropland Program
- Held two "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW)" courses. These popular courses teach women skills so they can participate in outdoor recreation that has traditionally been the purview of men. The Conservation Department held both courses at the YMCA of the Ozarks near Potosi and 209 women participated. We also offered nine "Beyond BOW" workshops that offered participants the chance to learn one skill or a small group of related skills; 95 women participated in these programs.
- Waterfowl populations have blossomed in numbers not seen for 20 years, thanks in part to the Conservation Department's participation in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, a blueprint for the recovery of waterfowl in the United States. In Missouri, the focus has been on habitat that waterfowl use during their migration through the state. Some 25,000 acres of additional wetlands are now in place in Missouri, and intensive wetland management has been conducted on thousands of existing acres.
- Helped conduct Wonders of the Outdoor World (WOW), a national conservation and outdoor recreation school that provides a four-day introduction to all the outdoor skills and sports that participants want to become more familiar with. About 250 people participated, choosing among courses as varied as turkey hunting, bird watching, canoeing, recreational shooting, cave exploration and wild edibles. Sponsors held the event at Roaring River State Park.
- Sen. Kit Bond and Rep. Karen McCarthy's efforts paid off when Congress appropriated $500,000 for the Conservation Department's Discovery Center. A total of $3.4 million in private donations have been raised. The facility will be the nation's first urban conservation education center, bringing the wonders of outdoor Missouri into the heart of Kansas City. The Discovery Center will focus its education programs on helping children growing up in the city to appreciate the bounty and beauty of nature and learn outdoor skills, such as fishing, hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and hunting.
- The Missouri Division of Tourism joined the Conservation Department by providing $15,000 to the "Stash Your Trash" program, which encourages canoeists to help keep Missouri streams clean. The Tourism Division funding helped the program distribute 200,000 bags to 130 canoe liveries statewide. The businesses equip