MCHF advances the conservation and appreciation of forest, fish and wildlife resources.
25 Years of Missouri Conservation
A Historical Snapshot
Celebrating a quarter century of protecting and advancing Missouri’s natural environments and outdoor activities by providing funding that conserve vital habitats, wildlife and waterways for all generations to enjoy now and in the future.
Help us ensure another 25 years of conserving, preserving and advancing Missouri conservation. Donate today!
Where we’ve been and where we are now
Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation Created
Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation created as the support foundation of the Missouri Department of Conservation – Providing an additional stream of revenue for Missouri conservation and outdoors initiatives.
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
Successfully raised funds to build the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City – The Discovery Center offers natural areas with paved and nature trails through forest, woodland, wetlands and prairie habitats.
More in 1999: License Plate program launched with specially designed plates to let people showcase their support of Missouri Conservation.
Stream Stewardship Trust Fund
Stream Stewardship Trust Fund created – Providing developers more flexibility in their stream mitigation requirements, while creating a financial source to restore, preserve and enhance stream systems within Missouri.
Remington Nature Center
Supported funding for the Remington Nature Center in St. Joseph – To share the wonders of nature as well as local history with visitors.
More in 2002: Supported funding for Shoal Creek Education Conversation Center in Joplin – To connect people to Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife.
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Supported funding to build the Cape Girardeau Nature Center – Offers numerous free events and programs on a wide range of nature-related topics throughout the year.
Missouri’s Wetlands Golden Anniversary
Missouri’s Wetlands Golden Anniversary funding – Provided funding to help make restorations, ensuring five of the oldest wetland areas in Missouri to be around for at least another 50 years.
Foundation’s Logo Refreshed
Refreshed the Foundation’s logo with a tagline, along with new license plate designs with art donated by wildlife artist Al Agnew.
MDC’s Elk Restoration
Supported MDC’s Elk Restoration – funding went toward elk trapping, holding, disease testing, research monitoring and transportation.
Creation of New Mission Statement
New mission statement created – The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation advances the conservation and appreciation of forest, fish and wildlife resources by applying financial resources to the priorities of the Missouri Department of Conservation in collaboration with donors and other partners.
Motorized Track Chairs
Collected donations to acquire motorized track chairs – Enhancing opportunities for mobility impaired participants for special hunting and fishing events.
Inaugural National Lewis & Clark Conservation Awards Banquet
Inaugural National Lewis & Clark Conservation Awards Banquet, Nov. 4 – Individuals and organizations recognized for leading the charge for the appreciation and conservation of our natural resources in Missouri and beyond.
More in 2016: Statewide Feral Hog Eradication Program – Funding for the purchase of materials and labors to eradicate feral hogs and their damage on public and private lands including trap gates and drop gates.
MoNASP State Tournament
Began partnership with Missouri Department of Conservation to host the MoNASP State Tournament – MoNASP is the Missouri National Archery in Schools Program and has grown to be the second largest state archery tournament in the nation.
More in 2017: Celebrated 20 years as a Foundation
More in 2017: First Conservation Bank in Missouri and nationwide created – The Chariton Hills Conservation Bank was made in partnership with Burns & McDonnell to protect the federally endangered Indiana Bat and northern long-eared bat offering developers environmental solutions for their projects.
Missouri Motus Wildlife
Missouri Motus Wildlife tracking project selected to fund – Helping researchers pinpoint areas and pathways that Missouri’s migratory birds use during migration, determining where investments and management would be best utilized.
More in 2018: Partnership began with Green City Coalition’s Neighborhood Green Space initiative – Strengthening communities with green spaces by converting vacant and abandoned spaces to increase quality urban wildlife habitats in underserved St. Louis communities.
More in 2018: Schell Osage Wetland Restoration project – improve 8,600 acres of wetlands of the west-central side of Missouri along the banks of the Osage River.
Missourians For Monarchs
Missourians for Monarchs – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) grant awarded to focus on the propagation and plantings of food sources for the monarch, and coordination of efforts among conservation groups throughout the state work together in the restoration effort.
New License Plate Design
New license plate designs – Artwork donated by wildlife artist, Al Agnew.
More in 2020: MoNASP Cancelled due to Covid-19, but provided a scholarship shoot off.
More in 2020: East Locust Creek Reservoir Project- helping to provide an abundant source of clean, quality water for residents of North Central Missouri. The Foundation will hold conservation easements on 1,300 acres to protect federally endangered Indiana Bat.
Feasibility Study Campaign
Initiated feasibility study campaign – to raise funds for the Institute of Fisheries, Wetlands, and Aquatics Systems.
Border Wars Youth Archery Tournament
Kicked off first-of-its-kind Border Wars Youth Archery Tournament – As a part of MoNASP, in partnership with Missouri Department of Conservation, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Kansas Wildscape Foundation, brought a weekend of competition and fun between archery students in the Midwest and South to compete for the winning title.