Governor's Conference on Natural Resources
November 12-13, 2014
I wanted to share some exciting information with you. The department is hosting a Governor’s Conference on Natural Resources – Exploring Our Legacy – Charting Our Future on Nov. 12-13 in Springfield. This is the first Governor’s Conference on Natural Resources. As with other Governor’s Conferences hosted by state agencies, the target audience includes members of our boards and commissions, partners and other stakeholder groups. We anticipate between 250 to 300 guests will attend the conference. The department is also in the process of identifying several staff to attend to provide support during the conference. A registration fee will cover the cost of the conference.
A steering committee of external partners, and a planning team of representatives from each division have been working together to develop the agenda and details for the conference. To recognize the department’s 40th anniversary, the morning session will Explore Our Legacy and highlight the achievements made to date. The remaining portion of the conference will be spent Charting Our Future. We will ask our partners, commissioners and stakeholders to discuss challenges and opportunities for the future of Missouri’s natural resources and then help us identify priorities for moving forward.
As a part of the conference we will also be awarding Natural Resources Awards of Excellence, designed to recognize leadership and innovation in managing our state’s natural resources. The nomination forms are in development and we will post them on the department’s website as soon as they are finalized. We have included the request for nominations in several publications and will continue to share this information with our many stakeholders and partners. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 6, 2014.
We are excited to be able to host the department’s first Governor’s Conference on Natural Resources! The future of Missouri's natural resources depends on the efforts of every community, business, organization, farmer and citizen. We will continue to share additional information with you before and after the conference to let you know about its progress. Following the conference, we will engage further with department staff to examine the outcomes and priorities discussed at the conference in order to move forward in our protection of Missouri’s natural resources. Should you have questions regarding the conference, please feel free to contact Jennifer Alexander in the Director’s Office at 573-751-4732. Thank you.