Purpose: More than 90 percent of Missouri is private land. This land also harbors most of Missouri's natural resources. Those involved in the conservation of soil, water, forests, fish, and wildlife cannot fully succeed without the voluntary cooperation of private landowners. Encouraging stewardship of natural resources on private land is a vital part of the conservation effort. Many agencies offer assistance programs to help landowners make the most of their land while also providing for these resources. This guide is intended to help you find the assistance that is right for you.
Assistance: The most valuable types of assistance offered are the professional resource managers and technical experts who can help you design your management plans. Conservation does not hinder your use of the land. In fact, some conservation practices increase the production and profitability of agricultural operations, especially in the long term by protecting the resource base. In addition, there are numerous sources of financial assistance that may help put practices in place on eligible land.
Use: This guide is organized into four sections: Resources, Practices, Assistance, and Organizations.
Resources: To begin your search, choose the Resource Category that most closely fits to your situation. Within that category is an alphabetical list of Management Practices relating to that resource. Not the ones of interest and look them up in the next section called Practices.
Practices: This is an alphabetical listing of common Management Practices. Each has a brief description followed by a list of Agency Assistance that can help you carry out that practice. Note those of interest so you can look them up in the next section on Assistance.
Assistance: here you will find the actual help offered by various agencies and organizations. When you've decided on what's right for you, contact that organization by looking them up in the next section titled Organizations.
Organizations: This section lists contact information for involved agencies/organizations. Contact local offices whenever possible as they are most familiar with the programs and assistance available in our area. Another source for local agency contacts is the Missouri Watershed Information Network website.
Good luck in your search, and thank you for your interest in conservation.How to Use This Resource