Annual Report Fiscal Year 1999–2000
This summary of the Annual Report is a snapshot of the Conservation Department's financial transactions and year-long accomplishments from July 1, 1999, through June 30, 2000. The Conservation Department made $639,004.82 in payments to Missouri counties in lieu of taxes, and also paid $312,825 for land in the Forest Cropland Program.
- Continued to fulfill the goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Established in 1986, the NAWMP is an unprecedented effort developed cooperatively by private conservation groups and wildlife management agencies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Through the plan, Americans have spent $1.3 billion on wetlands, part of which was used to create the 14,000-acre Four Rivers Conservation Area. Wetlands created under the program have helped North American waterfowl populations recover from a low ebb in the 1980s to their current record levels.
- Celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act. Formally known as the Dingell-Johnson Act, this piece of landmark legislation is the cornerstone of fisheries resources conservation in Missouri and throughout America. Passed into law in 1950, the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act has provided more than $3.6 billion worth of support for aquatic conservation. Sport fish and restoration funds are generated by a 10 percent tax on fishing supplies and a 3 percent excise tax on pleasure boats and sonar devices. Revenues raised from these taxes have provided 75 percent of the funding of state projects, such as purchases of fisheries habitat and boating access sites, fishing education programs and research projects to improve fisheries management. Missouri's share of Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration money averages about $7.8 million annually. The Missouri Department of Conservation uses this money for research and to build hatcheries, lakes, stream accesses and other facilities.
- Celebrated "Centennial Forests," 100 Years of Professional Forestry. This year-long event highlighted the milestones of forestry management in Missouri, from the pioneer period to the modern era of scientific management. Goals include education and enhancing public awareness of the benefits of forestry and the state's forestry resources. Missouri's forestry resources provide clean water, clean air, wood products, wildlife habitat and a multitude of recreational opportunities for the state's residents.
- Joined in the Interstate Wildlife Violators Compact, whereby 12 participating states will share information about game law violators and honor each other's decisions to deny permits to poachers. In the past, poachers whose hunting, fishing or trapping privileges were suspended in one