Missouri Outdoors Under Attack

We NEED Your Help…!!
CONSERVATION SALES TAX HEARING:  HJR 18

ACTION: Attend the hearing.The hearing will be Monday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m., in House Hearing Room 7.  Please plan to attend this hearing to show  strong opposition to this legislation.

If the Conservation Sales Tax is put on the ballot and not renewed, the need to cover the lost revenue would negatively impact General Revenue dollars currently allocated to other state programs and services. If General Revenue Funds were not made available to maintain the Department budget; the loss of funds would lead to the elimination of many beneficial and popular conservation services including:
  • County partnerships through the Department’s County Aid Road Trust Program and In Lieu of Tax Payment Program
  • Closure of Nature Centers and staffed shooting ranges
  • Closure of fish hatcheries and elimination of most fish stocking
  • Elimination of partnerships with approximately 450 rural fire departments
  • Closure of Department boat accesses and partnership through the Community Assistance Program for close to home fishing access and reduction in urban forest programs
  • Elimination of partnerships (e.g., outreach programs, cost share for private landowners, cooperative positions, and habitat work) with many conservation groups
  • Elimination of financial assistance (Landowner Assistance Program) and MDC staff technical assistance to landowners interested in habitat work on their property
  • Significant reduction in habitat work on conservation areas and elimination of dove field program
  • Reduction in nuisance wildlife assistance for Missouri farmers, landowners and homeowners
  • Reduction in outreach programs and grants for the Discover Nature Schools and Missouri Archery in the Schools Program
  • Most outdoor skill classes and events for citizens will be canceled
  • Unforeseen changes to the Missouri Conservationistand Xplormagazines
  • Significant reduction in efforts to control invasive species such as feral hogs
  • Limited support for the Share the Harvest Program

If you cannot attend, you can voice your opposition by contacting members of the Conservation and Natural Resources Committee:  https://house.mo.gov/Committees.aspx?cluster=true

Thanks to CFM for the details.

Tip of the hat for the pic