Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Conservation Commission were created by Article IV Sections 40-42 of the Missouri Constitution, which were adopted by the voters of the state in 1936 as Amendment 4 to the constitution. The Commission is vested with control, management, restoration, conservation, and regulation of fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state.[1] The Department of Conservation owns and oversees hatcheries, sanctuaries, refuges, and reservations, and enforces the state wildlife code.[2] The Commission consists of four individuals appointed by the Governor of Missouri to serve unpaid 6-year terms. No more than two of the individuals may be from the same political party.

Missouri Department of Conservation
Department of Conservation overview
Formed1936 (1936)
JurisdictionMissouri
Department of Conservation executive
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
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Lands managed by the MDC in 2007

Leadership edit

As of 2020, the ninth and current director of the Department of Conservation is Sara Parker Pauley.

Publications edit

The department publishes the Missouri Conservationist, a monthly periodical that is free to all residents of the state of Missouri.[3]

Conservation areas edit

 
Administrative regions used by the Conservation Department as of 2010

The MDC administers hundreds of parcels of land in all counties of the state. Most areas are owned by the department, but some are leased to the department, and some areas are leased by the department to other entities for management.[4][5] The department only acquires land from willing sellers and compensates local taxing authorities for the loss of property taxes.[5]

The department has divided the counties of the state into eight administrative regions for the purpose of managing these lands and providing conservation services to the citizens of the state.[6]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "IV Section 40(a)". revisor.mo.gov. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  2. ^ "IV Section 40(a)". revisor.mo.gov. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  3. ^ "Conservationist Magazine". Missouri Department of Conservation. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  4. ^ "Phantom Forest Conservation Area". MDC Discover Nature. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Conservation Action Meeting of the May 1998 Conservation Commission". MDC.online. Missouri Department of Conservation. Retrieved 2010-11-19.[permanent dead link] "...entering into a lease agreement with Empire District Electric Company to develop a public fishing access-named Cooper Creek Access-on 29.43 acres on Lake Taneycomo in Taney County."
  6. ^ "Regions". Missouri Department of Conservation. Retrieved 2021-01-31.

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