Missouri’s natural resources efforts certainly looked differently than it did decades ago. In 1974, Missourians recognized how important it was to protect and preserve our great state, and that’s when the Department of Natural Resources was created. Our work to protect Missouri’s natural resources is not a task that can be completed alone. It takes all of us working together to make a difference and obtain our achievements. With your continued support, we can help make Missouri an even better place to live, work and enjoy the great outdoors. We invite you to explore a few of our many success stories.
Missouri State Parks New Campsites, Cabins, Renovations and Improved Infrastructure
The State of Missouri’s approved budget for FY22 included $68 million in revenue bonds and federal grant funding for upgrades at nearly two dozen state parks including new campsites, new cabins, renovations and improved infrastructure.
Rock Island Line Corridor Hiking and Biking Trail Development
The department signed a deed transferring ownership of the Rock Island Line Corridor from Ameren to the State of Missouri on Dec. 14, 2021. Once the hiking and biking trail is developed, it could eventually connect to the Katy Tail, creating a 400-mile trail loop in Missouri.
Lewis County C-1 School District Commits to Alternative-Fueled School Buses
Using cost-share assistance through the Volkswagen Trust Fund, Lewis County C-1 School District replaced two of their old diesel buses with a new propane bus and an all-electric bus.
Volkswagen Trust Funds Replacement of Tugboat Engines
MoDNR’s Volkswagen (VW) Trust team visited Capital Sand’s Marge I tugboat. Capital Sand replaced the vessel’s older diesel engines with new engines partially funded by cost-share from the VW Trust.
Volkswagen Trust Truck Replacement Funding
MoDNR’s Volkswagen (VW) Trust team awarded Iron County $96,600 in cost-share funding for the replacement of two government-owned dump trucks.
City of Fulton receives $3.39 million zero-interest Municipal Utility Emergency Loan
Zero-interest loan will ease impact of electricity, natural gas costs from February cold snap.
Hannibal Board of Public Works receives $750,000 zero-interest Municipal Utility Emergency Loan
A $750,000 interest-free emergency loan to the City of Hannibal will lessen the financial impacts for the city and its residents.
Traveling Across Missouri in an Electric Vehicle Made Easier
Finding locations to recharge your electric vehicle while traveling across Missouri may have felt like a game of hide and seek in the past. Finding a nearby charging station today, however, is getting easier thanks to the department's Volkswagen Trust Funds.
Missouri Energy Loan Program: Greenfield R-IV School District
The Energy Loan Program assisted Greenfield R-IV School District with $639,850 in Energy Conservation Measures that created an estimated annual savings of $74,099.
Missouri Energy Loan Program: Laclede County
The Energy Loan Program assisted Laclede County with $133,010 in Energy Conservation Measures that created an estimated annual savings of $36,648.