The Federation Report
March 8, 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.

CFM Blog

Winter Activities    

It seems this year Missouri's winter weather has taken a toll on many of our resident's cheerful disposition. The topic of conversation with most people I meet is how soon will this crazy winter be over?
Like everyone else, I'm longing for spring as well, but I think it's important to remember all of the opportunities Missouri offers for outdoor recreation during cold weather. 
Missouri's trout parks open for catch and keep fishing March first. If you've ever participated in opening weekend, you're familiar with the crowded shoulder-to-shoulder conditions, but the tug of a trout on the end of your line is definitely a cure for the winter blues. Plenty of other fishing opportunities are available as well including lakes, rivers, streams
and ponds. Just because it's cold doesn't mean that fish aren't biting. 

CFM Store

See the items that are available in the 
CFM online store.   

Mens Fossil Columbia Bahama Fishing Shirt

Visit the CFM store HERE.

Certified Wildlife Habitat ®

Recognize your commitment to wildlife and certify your yard, balcony container garden, schoolyard, work landscape or roadside greenspace into a  Certified Wildlife Habitat®.
 By creating a natural garden with native plants, you are providing essential elements of wildlife habitat: food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young. Add a water source - such as a birdbath - and follow sustainable gardening practices, and your garden will not only be wildlife-friendly, but it will qualify as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat®.
In addition, a portion of your application processing fee supports the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the National Wildlife Federation's programs to inspire others to make a difference and address declining habitat for bees, butterflies, birds, amphibians and other wildlife. The fee is waived for schools.
Print your  Certified Wildlife Habitat®application  HERE.
Visit to certify today!

CFM Platinum Business Alliance

Thank you to our platinum sponsors.

CFM Annual Convention

The 83rd Annual CFM Convention starts tonight, March 8th and runs through Sunday March 10th. We look forward to seeing many of you there. 

Conservation Award Winners Announced

Come see the 2018 Missouri Conservationists of the Year receive their awards tonight at the Conservation Awards Ceremony during the 83rd CFM Annual Convention. Social hour starts at 6:30 and the ceremony begins at 7:30. Congratulations to the winners.

Missouri 2018 Conservationists of the Year
Outstanding Lifetime Achievement 
Martin MacDonald
Conservation Communicator of the Year
Brandon Butler
Corporate Conservationist of the Year
Sun Solar
Conservation  Educator of the Year
Jay Barber
Conservation Organization of the Year
Missouri River Relief
Professional Conservationist of the Year
Amy Buechler
Water Conservationist of the Year
Tom Whelan
Youth Conservationist of the Year
Klee Bruce
Wildlife Conservationist of the Year
Tom Westhoff
Conservationist of the Year
Charley Burwick and Lisa Berger
Conservation Legislator (House) of the Year
Representative Don One
Conservation Legislator (Senate) of the Year
Senator Jason Holsman

Pull for Conservation: 

The 4th Annual Pull for Conservation: Northwest presented by Northwest Missouri's Electric Cooperatives will be held April 13 in Hamilton. Registration is now open. 

CFM Legacy Auction During Awards Ceremony

Al Vogt is passionate about engaging youth. So passionate that he donated his collection of guns to be auctioned off during the Legacy Auction tonight, Friday, March 8th during the Awards Ceremony at the CFM Annual Convention. Social hour starts at 6:30 and the ceremony begins at 7:30. Join us and support our youth programs. No registration required for the Conservation Awards Ceremony. 

A message from Al Vogt:
I am delighted about CFM's focused programs to engage next generations of youth in the awareness and involvement in the conservation of our natural resources consistent with its Mission. 
That is why I am excited about donating my family collection of sporting guns and display cabinet for the Legacy Auction.
The proceeds from your generous bidding will be dedicated to specifically support CFM's youth programs including the Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) and the Missouri Collegiate Conservation Alliance (MCCA).
I hope those of you who bid high enough to take part--or all--of the collection home with you will both enjoy and use them to enhance your outdoor experiences with your children or grandkids.
Thank you for making this so easy for me!  REMEMBER TO BID HIGH --  SUPPORT OUR YOUTH!!!

Conservation Day at the Capitol

Join CFM for Conservation Day at the Capitol on April 3, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Then  join us for a pint or two after a day of celebrating and supporting conservation and natural resources. There will be a Networking Social co-hosted by CFM and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers at JPhennys (215 E. High St.) from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

A Sense of Wonder
Legends of Conservation

Join the Legends of Conservation for A Sense of Wonder on March 30, 2019. Tickets are available at Learn more about Legends of Conservation and all of their upcoming events at