The Federation Report
April 5, 2019

In This Issue

Legislative Report:

The legislature is back in session. CFM is watching the following bills:

These are not all the bills CFM is monitoring.  Click  here  to visit our Legislative Action Center to learn more about all the bills affecting conservation and natural resources in Missouri. 
Sign up for the legislative action center is FREE. If you have not already joined, please consider joining today. 


Earth Day 2019    

Cuyahoga River in 1969 (top) versus today (bottom).
It was June 1969. I was an 11-year-old kid just starting to figure out that the world was bigger than the farm we lived on and times around us were changing rapidly. The Vietnam War was on the news every night with reports of casualties and protests. My cousin shipped out to join the fighting. Woodstock was still two months away. The previous year had seen the assassinations of both Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. It was a time of upheaval and innocence lost. Life would never be the same.
When I saw the reports of the fire on the Cuyahoga river, it was hard to imagine how a river could be so polluted that it would catch fire, but that's exactly what happened. Sparks from a passing train ignited oil-soaked debris floating on the river and fire boats were quickly deployed to try and put it out. Amazingly, the first time the river caught fire was in 1868 and there were several other incidents over the years. The Cuyahoga runs through Cleveland, Ohio and at the time was one of the most polluted waterways in the United States. It empties into Lake Erie and there were growing concerns about the amount of pollution that was being dumped into the Great Lakes.
Other rivers had experienced similar fires over the years, including Detroit's Rouge River, Philadelphia's Schuylkill, the Chicago River and New York's Buffalo River. Public awareness and outrage had finally reached the point that action had to be taken.

CFM Store

New items are available in the 
CFM online store.   

CFM Logo T-Shirt

Visit the CFM store HERE.

Ranger Rick Magazines

Support the Conservation Federation of Missouri by subscribing to the Ranger Rick Family of magazines. Give your young adventurer the perfect reading material for bedtime reading. There are issues available for ages 0 to 4, ages 4 to 7, and ages 7 to 12. 
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Business Alliance Discount

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CFM Platinum Business Alliance

Thank you to our platinum sponsors.

Pull for Conservation: 

2018 Sporting Clays Classic in Hamilton, MO
Have you registered yet? The 4th Annual Pull for Conservation: Northwest presented by Northwest Missouri's Electric Cooperatives is next Saturday, April 13 in Hamilton.  Online  registration is now open. See the FLYER here. 

Explore the Outdoors: 
Kansas City

Registration for Explore the Outdoors: Kansas City is open!
Event will be held May 2, 2019 at the Bass Pro Shops in Independence, MO. There will be fun activities, dinner, keynote speaker and live and silent auctions. Join us for this great event!
Learn more or register HERE.
Conservation Day at the  Capitol 
a great success

Great crowd at Conservation Day at the Capitol on April 3

Left: Senator Jason Holsman receiving Conservation Legislator of the Year Award; Right: Representative Don Rone receiving Conservation Legislator of the Year Award

The 5th Annual Conservation Day at the Capitol was a great success. Read the Missouri Times Article on the event HERE. Hear all the radio interviews done by 96.7 KCMQ on our Facebook page

Affiliate Update

We now have 103 affiliate organizations that are the "Voice for Missouri Outdoors."
Conservation Leadership Corps 
(CLC) accepting applications 

2018-2019 CLC students

The CLC is looking for NEW recruits. Do you know anyone who might be interested?  Check  out this great youth education program. It is a resume builder and a great way to make you stand out from the crowd. Learn more at This is the opportunity of a lifetime. Applications due by May 1st. 

Please contact Jen Sampsell at or at 573-634-2322 ext. 103 for more information. 

Paddle for A Cause

The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region invites you to  Paddle for a Cause , a fun-filled summertime float on the Missouri River to benefit local land and water conservation programs!
The float trip will start at Sioux Passage Park and end at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area with a picnic lunch and community gathering at the boat ramp pavilion. Attendees can float in a signature, hand-built Big Muddy Adventures Voyageur Canoe or a two-person canoe. Both watercraft provide an up close and personal experience of the river.
Paddles, canoes, life jackets, shuttle, and lunch are all included in the ticket price. All ticket sales benefit Operation Clean Stream, the Open Space Council's annual river cleanup in the Meramec Watershed.
Purchase tickets online at or mail a check to The Open Space Council, Attn: Paddle for a Cause, P.O. Box 220011, St. Louis, MO 63122 (please include the names of the attendees).