Annual Report Fiscal Year 2007–2008

This summary of the Annual Report highlights the Conservation Department’s accomplishments and expenditures from July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008. These accomplishments are based on the nine goals established in The Next Generation of Conservation.

Healthy Forests

New guidelines help MDC manage forests

MDC is revising and refining the way it manages forests. The Forest Land Action Guidelines help natural resource managers evaluate, understand and sustainably manage Missouri’s forest and woodland communities.

Master Logger Certification

MDC helped develop the Missouri Master Logger Certification program. We awarded a $20,000 grant to the Missouri Forest Products Association to help start this volunteer program, where a logger agrees to uphold the standards set by the program. The state’s fish, forest, wildlife, soils, water and air will be better protected when harvesting is done by certified loggers.

Monitoring forest health

The Forest Health Program is a cooperative effort between MDC and other state and federal agencies to conserve Missouri’s forest resources by monitoring and evaluating forest health and providing forest health management information to Missouri residents. Monitoring activities document and evaluate ongoing threats to forest health.

Clean Water

Stream Team

The Missouri Stream Team program continued to grow. There are more than 3,700 teams whose volunteers spent 197,460 hours working on their adopted streams. Since the program began in 1989, volunteers have spent more than a million hours protecting and improving Missouri streams.

Stream Stewardship Trust Fund

The Stream Stewardship Trust Fund is available to restore, enhance and/or protect stream systems and associated riparian habitats. The program and funds are administered by the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, and MDC staff apply for grants. In FY08, seven projects costing $467,000 were approved to protect 65.8 acres of stream channel and 133.5 acres of riparian corridor.

Effective contaminant monitoring

MDC initiated discussions with the Missouri departments of Natural Resources and Health and Senior Services to explore ways to more efficiently collect key fish-contaminant information. Through cooperation on fish collection and sample analysis, we have increased the amount of information collected, with no increase in cost to the public. We also have shortened the time it takes to get this information to the public in the form of fish consumption advisories.

Community Conservation

Volunteer fire departments

MDC, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, provided more than $376,748 in grants to more than 183 volunteer fire departments. These grants help fund protective clothing, equipment and training.

Meat donation program

Conservation agents coordinate and support the Share the Harvest program with the Conservation Federation of Missouri, local