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Mission

The mission of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is to protect our air, land and water; preserve our unique natural and historic places; and provide recreational and learning opportunities for everyone.

Vision for Missouri

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources envisions a Missouri where people live and work in harmony with our natural and cultural resources, make decisions that result in a quality environment, and prosper today and in the future.

About the Department

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Missouri’s air, land and water resources plan an important role in our quality of life and health and are essential to the environmental and economic vitality of our state. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was created on July 1 under the Omnibus State Reorganization Act of 1974. The department helps develop mineral, oil and gas resources in an environmentally safe manner. The department protects the quality of water Missourians drink and the air they breathe, as well as Missouri’s land resources. The department provides outreach and education, technical and financial assistance to the state’s citizens, communities and businesses to protect public health and improve quality of life. Finally, the department preserves the state's natural landscapes and cultural features through an outstanding network of state parks and historic sites, along with the efforts of the state historic preservation office. 

Meet the Director - Sara Parker Pauley

The Director of the Department of Natural Resources is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The director oversees the department and serves as a liaison for joint efforts with other governmental agencies and with private organizations involved in natural resource management in Missouri.

Gov. Jay Nixon named Sara Parker Pauley as the Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in December 2010. Sara grew up with a family heritage and passion for Missouri's priceless outdoors. As director, Sara leads the department's efforts to protect, preserve and enhance Missouri's natural and cultural resources.

Organization

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The department accomplishes its mission through the Division of Administrative Support, Division of Environmental Quality, Missouri Geological Survey and Missouri State Parks. A number of boards and commissions also support and facilitate the department’s roles and responsibilities. Learn more about our organizational structure.

Contact Us

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has a range of services available to help Missourians protect the air, land and water resources that we all share. The department also provides Missourians opportunities to learn more about Missouri’s natural and cultural history at our state parks and historic sites. By working together, we can protect the quality of our natural resources while also supporting our state’s economy. It takes the full participation of Missouri’s businesses, local governments, schools and citizens to make this happen. Contact us for more information. Or learn more about the services we offer through our At Your Service publication.

Office Locations

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The department has offices located across the state. However, the majority of our offices are located in Jefferson City. Learn more about our Office Locations.

Join Our Team

Learn about Job Opportunites within the Department of Natural Resources

It takes a truly passionate person to care for and protect our outstanding natural resources. A quality that many of our 1,500+ department staff encompass. Our commitment comes from believing that public service is a type of calling. We believe that what we do is serving a greater purpose – we are doing something for the common good. And because of that commitment and dedication from our staff, our agency has one of the lowest employee turnover rates of Missouri’s state agencies. We are glad you are also interested in helping the department protect our air, land and water; preserve our unique natural and historic places; and provide recreational and learning opportunities for everyone. Learn more about a career with our department.

Missouri Resources Magazine

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Missouri Resources magazine is published quarterly by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to inform readers about important natural resource issues and how they are being addressed. Missouri Resources is free to Missouri residents. View the magazine online or subscribe today!