The mission of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is to protect Missouri’s natural resources while promoting the environmentally sound operations of businesses, agriculture and industry in our interactions with the public.
Vision for Missouri
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources helps Missouri citizens thrive by balancing a healthy environment with a healthy economy.
Meet the Director
Gov. Greitens named Carol S. Comer as the director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in January 2017. Learn more about Director Comer.
About the Department
Missouri’s air, land and water resources play an important role in our 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 compliance and financial assistance to the state’s citizens, communities and businesses to protect public health and improve Missouri's natural resources. 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.
- Department Fact Sheet
- The department has been protecting Missouri's natural and cultural resources for more than 40 years. Learn more about our natural resources, the department's history, timeline of major environmental events and outcomes from the Governor's Conference on Natural Resources - MoDNR40.
- Read more about our department history Missouri Resources Magazine - DNR - 40 years 1974 - 2014.
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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.
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.
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
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.