When our natural resources are injured, our quality of life, environment and economy suffer. The department's Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) team evaluates impacts to Missouri's natural resources from releases of hazardous substances and pollutants. Where possible, the team develops, participates or oversees on-the-ground environmental restoration projects to address the impacts.
The governor designated the Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as the state natural resource trustee. Other trustees, such as federal trustees, can include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service. The department and representatives from the federal trustees participate in the Missouri Natural Resource Trustee Council.