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Welcome to the Missouri's Conservation Registry

Recently Added Projects in Missouri's Conservation Registry

Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie Easement
Added: Tue. Nov. 01, 2016

Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie Easement
Added: Tue. Nov. 01, 2016

Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie Easement
Added: Tue. Nov. 01, 2016

Veronica Baier Property Site Easement
Added: Tue. Nov. 01, 2016

Veronica Baier Property Site Easement
Added: Tue. Nov. 01, 2016

View 100 Most Recent Projects in Missouri's Conservation Registry

Missourians are committed to conserving plants, animals and their habitats… with citizens. While the Department of Conservation is integral to fish and wildlife management across the state, conservation partners and the efforts of individual citizens are equally important. Our portal of the Conservation Registry is one of the ways that Missourians can inform each other about conservation plans, progress and individual activities. Our community is composed of many conservation interests. The collective accomplishment of all of our conservation interests reflects the comprehensive nature of our conservation program in Missouri.

Missouri Department of Conservation

Missourians are committed to continue our legacy of conserving our state’s wild resources and that includes an ongoing relationship with our natural heritage. Beginning in the 1970s, MDC made a pledge to embrace a broader conservation approach with the passage of the Design for Conservation. It was a plan to conserve the best examples of forests, prairies, marshes and glades; to obtain land for recreation, forestry and protection of critical habitat; to increase services to the public in the areas of wildlife and forest conservation; and to create a system of conservation nature centers throughout Missouri. Our goal is to sustain diverse, healthy plant and animal communities well into the future. Today’s conservation efforts, as illustrated in Missouri’s Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy, places emphasis on maximizing efforts by working in places across Missouri where native plants and animals have the best opportunity to respond.

Missourians have long supported conserving lands for public use and to support wildlife. The Missouri Department of Conservation administers more than 975,000 acres located throughout the state. To benefit the greatest number of wildlife species, both game species and species of conservation concern, MDC maintains a high level of active management to create habitat on conservation lands. Public lands, however, will never be sufficient to produce healthy and abundant fish and wildlife into the future. The Department works with private landowners across the state every day to promote land and water conservation for all fish and wildlife.

Conservation activities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife watching and forest industries support about 95,000 Missouri jobs and generate more than $11.4 billion annually to state and local economies. You can learn more about the Department of Conservation at

Missouri’s Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy

Missouri developed a Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy (CWS) that guides wildlife diversity conservation across the state. Working with many conservation partners, the Missouri Department of Conservation developed this strategy as a way to help conserve all wildlife. Missouri’s Strategy guided selection of the best places to conserve all wildlife – Conservation Opportunity Areas.

Missouri’s Comprehensive Wildlife Strategy (CWS) is a department-wide, multiple-partner initiative. We define “wildlife” in the broadest sense – including plants, animals and habitats. The Strategy is a set of tools that can be used to prioritize conservation actions and work with partners to have greater success at conserving all wildlife. The CWS is not a plan; it’s a strategy – a way to go about the business of conservation planning and implementation. It’s a way to focus the delivery of programs. The primary purpose of Missouri’s Strategy is to develop guidance on the best places to go to work for all wildlife. The goal of our Strategy was to utilize all of the information acquired in the last 30 years to identify a set of Conservation Opportunity Areas (COAs) that will support and conserve viable populations of all wildlife and the systems they depend on.

What is a Conservation Opportunity Area?

A place that is well-suited for all wildlife conservation. These areas have been selected by a number of conservation partners because they are some of our highest priority places. All wildlife will benefit from conservation efforts in these areas. The framework of our Strategy is designed to be adaptive. Recent changes reflect the development of the Forest Action Plan and Fisheries Priority Watersheds.

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Missouri's Conservation Registry Statistics

  • Last Update: Tue. Nov. 01, 2016
  • Number of Projects: 1832
  • Number of Project Sites: 2212
  • Conservation Actions: 1959

What can you do from the
Missouri's Conservation Registry portal?

Profiled Projects

Missouri's Conservation Registry Portal Contact

Dennis Figg
Missouri Department of Conservation
P.O. Box 180
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0180

What is a portal?

Conservation Registry users span the entire United States. To serve organizations that want data management tools at their fingertips, the Registry offers organizational portals. This dashboard view filters all data and functions to your projects. Browsing, searching or reporting—even additional data layers—can be customized to your specifications. To view your projects in context, the Registry home page is only a click away. for more information.