CONSERVATION SALES TAX HEARING: HJR 18
- County partnerships through the Department’s County Aid Road Trust Program and In Lieu of Tax Payment Program
- Closure of Nature Centers and staffed shooting ranges
- Closure of fish hatcheries and elimination of most fish stocking
- Elimination of partnerships with approximately 450 rural fire departments
- Closure of Department boat accesses and partnership through the Community Assistance Program for close to home fishing access and reduction in urban forest programs
- Elimination of partnerships (e.g., outreach programs, cost share for private landowners, cooperative positions, and habitat work) with many conservation groups
- Elimination of financial assistance (Landowner Assistance Program) and MDC staff technical assistance to landowners interested in habitat work on their property
- Significant reduction in habitat work on conservation areas and elimination of dove field program
- Reduction in nuisance wildlife assistance for Missouri farmers, landowners and homeowners
- Reduction in outreach programs and grants for the Discover Nature Schools and Missouri Archery in the Schools Program
- Most outdoor skill classes and events for citizens will be canceled
- Unforeseen changes to the Missouri Conservationistand Xplormagazi
- Significant reduction in efforts to control invasive species such as feral hogs
- Limited support for the Share the Harvest Program
POACHING LEGISLATION: HB 260
ACTION: Please contact your State Senator and urge their SUPPORT so we can increase fines for poaching turkey, whitetail deer, paddlefish, bear and elk by voting aye!
- Not less than five hundred dollars and not more than one thousand dollars for each wild turkey;
- Not less than five hundred dollars and not more than one thousand dollars for each paddlefish;
- Not less than one thousand dollars and not more than five thousand dollars for each white-tailed deer;
- Not less than ten thousand dollars and not more than fifteen thousand dollars for each black bear or elk.
ACTION: Call your Senator to let them know you OPPOSE the sale of the property known as Eleven Point State Park by REMOVING this amendment from the bills when they come up for debate in the Senate.
- This site was purchased legally from a Superfund settlement using no significant state tax funds.
- $40 Million specifically went for cleanup in the area where the damages happened. Then the approximately $35 million additional dollars were to be used only for natural resource protections by acquiring equivalent resources.
- According to the Oregon County Collector, taxes on the parcels comprising the more than 4,000 acre park were $4,542, so the boost far outweigh the loss of the property tax revenue.
- Local economies will flourish as our state parks have an annual economic impact of $1.7 billion dollars, and every dollar Missouri spends on their state parks, the economy sees a $26 return.