Conservation Almanac




Missouri Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs


Highlighted State Programs


State Policy Framework



To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Local Conservation Programs Include:

    Great Rivers Greenway District - includes St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, MO

The Great Rivers Greenway District (GRG) was created when residents of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County approved Proposition C in 2000. This created a one-tenth of one-cent sales tax in the area, which provided GRG with an annual budget of $10 million. In 2013, voters in St. Louis City and St. Louis County approved Proposition P, which created a three-sixteenth of one-cent sales tax to increase the budget of GRG by $9.4 million per year; most of these funds will be used for operations, maintenance and park development projects. Since its inception in 2000, GRG has preserved more than 1,400 acres of green space and developed more than 100 miles of greenway trails in the St. Louis region, and is currently working to create a 600-mile web of greenways, parks, and trails known as the River Ring.

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2011 5.0 $779,628
2010 68.6 $3,225,998
2009 2.1 $227,700
2008 138.8 $1,608,254
2007 0.6 $36,900
2006 150.9 $146,205
2005 390.6 $7,161,441
2004 194.2 $9,619,123
2003 777.2 $7,899,811
2002 1,126.2 $5,111,724
Totals 2,854.2 $35,816,785

Highlighted State Programs

Missouri Conservation Commission Fund

The Conservation Commission Fund is administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation and is comprised of funds generated through a permanent conservation sales tax of 1/8th of one cent. Voters approved this constitutionally dedicated funding in 1976. Funds support for the control, management, restoration, conservation and regulation of bird, fish, game, forestry and wildlife resources of the state, including land acquisition for these purposes. The tax generates more than $100 million each year in funding for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

*Constitution of Missouri Article IV, § 43(a)

2011 344.4 $1,543,126
2010 464.8 $1,614,105
2009 1,340.9 $2,546,121
2008 2,414.8 $6,454,011
2007 1,143.3 $2,065,767
2006 3,167.2 $3,955,013
2005 2,384.4 $3,155,865
2004 2,510.0 $2,046,665
2003 727.2 $436,329
2002 1,043.7 $850,002
2001 2,941.9 $1,491,570
2000 5,352.4 $2,357,155
1999 1,587.8 $874,188
1998 8,959.4 $12,614,985
Total34,382.4 $42,004,908

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

The Missouri Division of State Parks, within the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) historically had a land acquisition budget that was funded through appropriations from the state. Currently, 50 percent of the constitutionally-created parks, soils and water sales tax is dedicated to the Division. This levy of 1/10th of one-percent, provides 75 percent of the Division’s budget for operation and development of state parks. The remainder comes mostly from earned fees for services and federal funds. The park sales tax was first approved by voters in 1984 and has since been reauthorized four times in 1988, 1996, 2006,and 2016. Additionally, the State Parks Earnings Fund has been used by the Division for the state park acquisitions.

2010 134.0 $410,000
2009 1,487.4 $184,617
2008 1,004.3 $1,249,385
2007 28.7 $193,133
2006 375.1 $924,695
2005 137.1 $369,569
2004 325.9 $604,988
2003 240.3 $256,571
2002 370.8 $348,400
2001 778.6 $952,900
2000 194.6 $241,820
1999 972.8 $1,178,003
1998 317.5 $241,436
Total6,367.2 $7,155,518

Missouri Stream Stewardship Fund

Established in 2000, the Stream Stewardship Trust Fund (SSTF) is a voluntary in-lieu-fee mitigation program. Developers in Missouri who cannot mitigate damages on site, with U.S. Army Corps permission, may mitigate through an approved mitigation bank or pay into the SSTF in order to meet requirements of the Clean Water Act and Rivers and Harbors Act. The SSTF is funded by these payments, with all funds (except for small administrative fees) funneled into land acquisition and stream improvement projects. The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) administers the Fund and accepts all mitigation responsibility by funding stream improvement projects that will implement a 30-year conservation agreement or establish a permanent conservation easement donated to or purchased by a conservation owner.

Most of the easements are held by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Stream improvement projects may be on public lands not owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), or on private lands. Between 2002 and 2012, $7.9 million in SSTF money has been used to fund 28 permanent conservation projects. This list of projects includes 17 permanent conservation easements and 11 fee properties, which used $6.3 million and $1.6 million in SSTF funding, respectively.

Comprehensive data by year and by parcel were unavailable for this program.

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

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State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.