About the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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Mission: The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to protect, preserve and enhance Missouri's natural, cultural and energy resources.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was created under state reorganization July 1, 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 an outstanding 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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Resources' Director - Sara Parker Pauley.Sara Parker Pauley director photo




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Office Locations

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Services Offered

Feel free to view At Your Service , which provides you with a guide to the services offered by the department. Our guide also includes information and phone numbers on a variety of our partners. We've organized it alphabetically by topic so it's a quick and easy reference for you.