SENATOR CUNNINGHAM

In every corner of the state a person can see and experience the hard work of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). In the 33rd District and in Douglas County that is especially true. The department works closely with local governments and the people to manage the forests, fish and wildlife resources and to also identify the needs of both the citizens and natural resources our state has to offer.
In Douglas County alone, MDC owns 2,327 acres of land, on which they pay $1,574.59 in taxes. This money goes back into the local communities. There are also seven local MDC employees who work in Douglas County ensuring the care and maintenance of our local conservation facilities and land.
In 1983, the state established the County Aid Road Trust (CART) payment. This program allowed for cost sharing, with the county’s typical match being 50 percent with in-kind services, typically in the form of roadway maintenance. The intent of the program is to help ensure roads in the area are properly maintained and that the public has adequate access to conservation areas.
The county was owed just over $11, 977 in CART payments. However, this year the Legislature failed to pass House Bill 19, which means MDC must reduce spending, and cannot proceed with the program at this time. Representatives at MDC have stated they are looking for funding to continue with the very important project. I will also continue to track the funding for the program and will update you as I learn more.
Many citizens may not be aware of how closely MDC works with a local volunteer fire departments. Help is usually in the form of grants that cover training and equipment for rural fire departments much like ours. This year both the Eastern Douglas Rural Fire Department and the Skyline Rural Fire Department have received matching grants from MDC. In addition the Federal Excess Personal Property program and the Fire Fighter Property program work with MDC to loan or give equipment to the departments. In Douglas County there are nine trucks, two pumps, welder, generator and several trailers being used by various departments through these programs.
For years the MDC has worked hard to protect our states resources and work hand-in-hand in communities. Please take a moment to join me in thanking MDC for all they do for Douglas County.
For more information about MDC please visit www.mdc.mo.gov/.
As always, I appreciate it when groups from around Missouri and from our community back home come to visit me at the Capitol. If you would like to arrange a time to come and visit me in Jefferson City, or if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my Capitol office at (573) 751-1882.