Our office works to conserve declining species and recover threatened and endangered species and their habitats with a focus on imperiled bat and freshwater mussel species. Our office has also been actively involved with the conservation and recovery efforts of Topeka shiner, Niangua darter, grotto sculpin and Ozark hellbender, among others. We use the Endangered Species Act to preserve and protect important habitat that imperiled species depend upon for their survival. We also use the Natural Resource Damages Assessment and Restoration program to study and restore injured natural resources using funds obtained from parties responsible for the injury.
Projects and Research
Our office frequently partners with schools, public and private conservation organizations, as well as local community leaders and national wildlife refuges to communicate our conservation mission and opportunities throughout the state of Missouri. We also work with these groups to develop projects, such as survey methods training, that may benefit at-risk as well as other important fish and wildlife species and their habitats.