"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Mead
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.
Governor Mike Parson hands a Municipal Utility Emergency Loan Program big check for $3.39 million to members of the City of Fulton.

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.

Division of Energy director Craig Redmon hands a Municipal Utility Emergency Loan Program big check for $750,000 to members of the Hannibal Board of Public Works.

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.

Several people standing between two school buses.

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.

Tugboat engine

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.

The front of a truck is swiveled open to expose its engine.

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.

Dirt pathway between trees and bushes along the Rock Island Corridor

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.

Missouri Geologic Map

Arc GIS Hub Offers One Stop Shop for Missouri Geological Survey Data

To better serve our stakeholders, the department created a GIS Hub webpage to offer a one-stop shop to all publicly available Missouri Geological Survey data, ArcGIS datasets and applications.

Park visitors sit at a picnic table near a campfire in front of their camper. Lawn chairs and bicycles sit nearby.

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.

Wind turbines in a corn field.

Missouri State Energy Planning Process Engages More than 700 Energy Stakeholders

In 2021, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources continued an ongoing series of virtual workshops to engage more than 700 energy stakeholders in the Missouri State Energy Planning process

Education using interactive websites.

MoDNR Launched New Website in August 2021

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources launched a new website in August 2021. The new website was redesigned and reorganized to improve the customer experience and allow users to find information faster and easier.