Latest attack on MDC
The latest legislative attack on the Missouri Department of Conservation is SB377. It is designed to make it illegal for the MDC to partner with non-profit organizations, or they with the MDC.
Here is a list of potential 501(3) c that MDC partners with:
4H and FFA Would threaten the future of conservation field days and shooting sports.
Missouri Electric Cooperatives potential cooperative agreements on right of way habitat management and electric cooperative property managed by MDC (i.e., Thomas Hill Reservoir).
Conservation Employees Credit Union
Conservation Federation of Missouri Would eliminate Share the Harvest, Operation Forest Arson, Operation Game Thief, and grants for MO Archery in the Schools Program
Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Soybean Association currently have a cooperative agreement with MO Soybean Association for feral hog control in southeast Missouri. Would eliminate potential partnership with other agricultural groups.
Missouri Forest Products Association Would eliminate logger training program, Master Logger Program and other partnerships with the timber industry.
Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation Would eliminate private land habitat cost share.
National Wild Turkey Federation - Would eliminate private and public land habitat management, research, seed program and cooperative dove management fields.
Ducks Unlimited Would eliminate wetland protection and enhancement efforts, research and cooperative positions.
Missouri Prairie Foundation MDC manages many MO Prairie Foundation Properties in southwest Missouri. This partnership would be eliminated.
Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation Would eliminate Stream Stewardship Trust Fund and many grant opportunities.
Quality Deer Management Association Would eliminate cooperative positions and private land focus areas.
Whitetails Unlimited and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Would eliminate partnerships in youth programs such as the MO National Archery in the Schools Program.
River Relief Would threaten river clean up and outreach programs.
Midway USA Foundation Threatens youth shooting sport programs and future partnerships to encourage youth shooting sports.
The Nature Conservancy Would eliminate cooperative habitat restoration efforts on private and public land and threaten wildlife restoration programs
National Rifle Association Threatens potential partnership for public shooting ranges (e.g., Local NRA Chapter helped with Apple Creek Shooting Range).
Great Rivers Threaten outreach and habitat management efforts.
Ozark Regional Land Trust Would threaten habitat management efforts.
Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition Would threaten the future of the Stream Team program.
Kauffman Foundation Would threaten the future of the Anita Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City
Forest ReLeaf Would threaten the future of this urban forest program in St. Louis and working to start in Kansas City.
Missouri Consulting Foresters Would threaten program to train and provide professional foresters for private land forest management.
Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility (WOLF a school)
National hunting and fishing museum
Hunter Ed/shooting Sports Assoc.
I might also add the various National Fish Habitat Initiative partnerships, at least some of which have non-profit status, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, that has funded significant habitat work on Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lake. Also and indirectly, the purchase of track chairs to support limited mobility hunters and anglers (including Wounded Warriors) was supported by both for profit and non-profit donors including the Darrel Gwynn Foundation, QDMA, Ducks Unlimited, RMEF, NWTF, Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever and NRA.