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The latest legislative attack on the Missouri Department of Conservation is Hb763, introduced on the house side by Rep Jay Houghton. This is the house version of sb337. 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.          

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It is hard to wrap your head around the fact that an organization like MDC, that is admired by so many across the nation, is also so hated by many of our elected officials. I think the main reason for this hate is that MDC has a constitutional mandate that exempts them from the majority the political power plays that our legislators are always embroiled in. As Missouri citizens, we need to tell those legislators to not fix what is not broken!

 

Darren

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I believe that is the basis of it, Darren. The best easiest way to combat this and speak as a unified voice is to join and support the Conservation Federation of Missouri. They are the independent and unified voice of all of us, and watchdogs not only of the legislature, but MDC and the DNR.

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The Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) commends Representative Craig Redmon (District 4) for withdrawing HJR 8. This potentially devastating bill proposed a constitutional provision repealing the Conservation Sales and Use Tax.

 

While Rep. Redmon’s bill was considered one of the most threatening, significant legislative threats still remain. Some of these include:

  • SB 56 (Munzlinger) - Eliminates hunting, fishing and trapping permit fees for Missouri residents.
  • SJR 1 (Munzlinger) - Modifies the membership composition and terms of service of the commissioners on the Conservation Commission.
  • SB 178 (Munzlinger) - Modifies provisions relating to captive cervids.
  • SB 337 (Munzlinger) - Bans the Conservation Commission and the Department of Conservation from engaging in prohibited conduct with a connected not-for-profit corporation.
  • HJR 27 (Spencer) - Proposes a constitutional amendment reducing the sales tax from 1/8 of a cent to 1/16 of a cent.
  • HJR 28 (Spencer) - Proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the conservation sales tax to be approved by voters every 10 years.
  • HB 315 (Brown) - Requires the Department of Conservation to conduct testing of deceased deer found along state highways for chronic wasting disease.
  • HB 316 (Brown) - Requires Conservation Commission members to register as lobbyists upon appointment by the Governor and to follow all lobbyist rules and regulations.
  • HB 317 (Brown) - Requires the Department of Conservation to reimburse automobile owners up to $500 for damages inflicted upon their vehicles by deer.
  • HB 479 (Houghton) - Exempts data collected by state agencies under the federal Animal Disease Traceability Program from disclosure under Missouri’s Sunshine Law.
  • HB 710 (Basye) - Allows nonresidents who own property or pay income taxes in Missouri to receive resident hunting and fishing permit privileges.
  • HB 763 (Houghton) - Prohibits the Conservation Commission and the Department of Conservation from engaging in prohibited conduct with a connected not-for-profit corporation.

To stay informed about Legislation affecting conservation in Missouri, sign-up for CFM’s Legislative Action Alerts: CLICK HERE

Contact: Emma Kessinger, 573-634-2322, ekessinger@confedmo.org

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Killmode:

Those mentioned, and other bills pending, constitute the most serious threats to conservation I've seen in my lifetime, and I'm 66.
The reasons our government has become so corrupt and mindless of constituent's wishes, is that nearly all their reelection funding comes from special interests and the general populace has become apathetic to the political process. They don't think we count much any more. But our vote and our voice does matter, if we cast it and voice it. The only thing that can combat special interest money (which buys them ads for reelection) is to know that the voters are paying attention and will stand up for what they value.  

To contact any of your senators or representatives, go to http://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/       

The best watchdog for our conservations interests is the Conservation Federation of Missouri. To learn the true facts of these bills and what you can do, visit http://confedmo.org/

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Killmode:

Those mentioned, and other bills pending, constitute the most serious threats to conservation I've seen in my lifetime, and I'm 66.

The reasons our government has become so corrupt and mindless of constituent's wishes, is that nearly all their reelection funding comes from special interests and the general populace has become apathetic to the political process. They don't think we count much any more. But our vote and our voice does matter, if we cast it and voice it. The only thing that can combat special interest money (which buys them ads for reelection) is to know that the voters are paying attention and will stand up for what they value.  

To contact any of your senators or representatives, go to http://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/       

The best watchdog for our conservations interests is the Conservation Federation of Missouri. To learn the true facts of these bills and what you can do, visit http://confedmo.org/

I am also a CFM member and speak to Brandon on these issues on occasion.

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