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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.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was created on July 1 under the Omnibus State Reorganization Act of 1974. Today, 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.┬áThe 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 anoutstanding network of state parks and historic sites, along with the efforts of the state historic preservation office.┬áRead more about our department history in our summer 2014 issue of the Missouri Resources Magazine - DNR - 40 years 1974 - 2014.

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Meet the Department of Natural Resources' Director
Sara Parker Pauley