Preserving Our Resources

The State of Missouri works with Missouri’s citizens to protect our natural resources and ensure future generations can enjoy them.

Conservation Contractors

Need someone to implement conservation practices? Visit the Department of Conservation’s database of conservation contractors. Their business is helping landowners help habitat.

Land and Water Care

The Missouri Department of Conservation offers conservation and habitat preservation resources and assistance for Missourians from all areas. Please check the areas below to find services that can aid in your stewardship of Missouri’s land and water resources.

Resources by topic

Cost-Share Program

Missouri landowners can share the cost of implementing soil and water conservation practices.

Soil and Water Conservation

The Department of Natural Resources’ Soil and Water Conservation Program (SWCP) provides financial incentives to landowners to implement conservation practices that help prevent soil erosion and protect water resources. The program is dedicated to conserve the productivity of Missouri’s working lands.

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Report an Environmental Concern

If you are involved in or witness an environmental emergency, please call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 573-634-2436 or submit a report online.

Environmental Data

The Department of Natural Resources maintains a number of online searchable databases containing environmental data. Below are some of the most popular:

Check for beach closures with this interactive map

View Lake of the Ozarks water quality study data

Invasive Species

Species that come from a distant region or another continent can become invasive. Please do what you can to control invasive species when you landscape, farm, hunt, fish, camp or explore nature. Invasive species and their seeds can travel on tires, clothes, in bait buckets and firewood.

Don't import firewood - Missouri's forests are threatened by the emerald ash borer.  Help protect the forests.

Endangered Species

All living things are part of a complex, delicately balanced network of ecosystems. Species are going extinct at an alarming rate worldwide, forever weakening the fabric of natural communities and ecosystems. These dramatic declines in species are due primarily to the intensive human use – and abuse – of their habitats. Read “Saving the Puzzle Pieces” for more information on the importance of every species.