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Missouri Department of Conservation

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The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Conservation Commission were created by Article IV, Sections 40-42 of the Missouri Constitution. The article was adopted by the voters of the state in 1936 as Amendment 4 to the constitution. The Commission is responsible for control, management, conservation, and regulation of fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state.[1] The Department of Conservation owns and oversees hatcheries, sanctuaries, refuges, and reservations.[1] They also enforces the state wildlife code.[1] The Commission consists of four individuals appointed by the governor of the state to serve unpaid 6-year terms. No more than two of the individuals may be from the same political party.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Article IV: Section 40(a)". Missouri Constitution. Missouri General Assembly. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 

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