Federation Report - August 6, 2021

LAST CHANCE - Board & Officer Nominations

The Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the following positions for the 2022 election. The nomination deadline is Saturday, August 7, 2021. CFM leadership recognizes that the future is YOU and Missouri conservation needs your time and talent to remain strong and become stronger. Whether in leadership, finance, natural resource management, wildlife management, or other areas, your experience and input as a member of the Board helps keep CFM going.

Answer the call to help fulfill the mission of the Conservation Federation of Missouri. Eighty-five years is a long time, and we hope to be around for many more years to come. Consider what a difference you could make—answer the call of the wild!
LAST CHANCE to Register for the Central Pull for Conservation

Registration is open online until Thursday, August 12th at noon for the 15th Annual Conservation Federation Sporting Clays Classic! We will be returning to Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports in Columbia on Saturday, August 14th. Please join us and invite your friends. This is a great opportunity to introduce someone new to CFM.

Registration will also be available in person on the day of the event.

Thank you to our title sponsors, Central Electric Power Cooperative and Bass Pro Shops of Columbia!
Pull For Conservation: We Need You!

Our Pull for Conservation: Central clay shoot is quickly approaching on Saturday, August 14th. Is sporting clays not for you? Are you interested in a fun day of volunteering with CFM? We need you!

Simply reply to this email to let us know you're interested. Colton at the office will record your name and we will send you more details. Volunteers will receive a CFM t-shirt and a voucher for lunch.
CFM Photo Contest - Enter Today

Are you an outdoor photographer? Or maybe you've snapped some great moments on your phone? This year, we are hosting a photo contest fundraiser! Enter your photos or vote for your favorite today! Check out all the entries by clicking the button below. Many wonderful submissions are ready for your viewing and votes. Also listed are the contest guidelines.

Photos will be judged on creativity, impact, content, and visual quality by you, the voters. We hope you will join us and enjoy photography of our great Missouri outdoors.

Image credit: Mark Nettles
85th Anniversary Shotgun

Get yours reserved today!

Celebrate the Conservation Federation’s 85th Anniversary by purchasing a piece of history with this 12 ga. shotgun. This beautifully engraved CZ-USA Model 1012 Shotgun displays both the CFM 85th Anniversary logo and the CFM Seal, in your choice of bronze or OD green Cerakote finish.

You may reserve yours today by going online at confedmo.org/buyitnow or call (573) 634-2322. Please allow 12 weeks for shipment, once the order is placed. Orders will be placed every 6 weeks. Shotguns will be shipped to an FFL dealer of your choosing in MO. Local FFL transfer fee may apply.
Missouri State Employee
Charitable Campaign

Attention State of Missouri Employees:

Please consider choosing the Conservation Federation of Missouri as your charitable giving option for the Missouri State Employees Charitable Campaign (MSECC), an annual, unified fundraising effort comprised of charitable organizations throughout the state. This payroll deduction process is provided by the state of Missouri as a service to its employees. Visit https://msecc.mo.gov/ to learn more.

CFM's MSECC ID is #8496
CLC Needs Your Help!
Fall Workshop Coming Up

The Conservation Leadership Corps has become the national model for youth conservation leadership training. Many other states are following the example set by CLC which was founded nearly 20 years ago.

Our students plan to gather for the first time in-person since March of 2020 for this year's CLC Fall Workshop (COVID guidelines permitting). The benefits of the CLC program are provided to its student members at no cost! The program depends on funding from donors like you. Would you consider sponsoring a CLC student to attend Fall Workshop this year? $100 will cover the cost of one student's attendance. Please consider supporting a student in our program.
Business Partner Spotlight:

Mitico is a Missouri-based environmental services company specializing in wetland and stream mitigation. They are committed to delivering high-quality mitigation projects which meet the needs of both landowners and developers. Mitico is proud to support the Conservation Federation of Missouri and their efforts to protect Missouri's natural resources.

If you have a mitigation need or if you are a landowner fighting streambank erosion, give them a call at (314) 882-6623. You can learn more about their work on their website at the button below.
Let your voice be heard:
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Seeking Comments

The National Park Service is seeking public input to guide the development of a Roads and Trails Management Plan at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The completion of this plan is a crucial milestone for the park that will help ensure present and future generations can access and enjoy the crystal clear spring-fed rivers, rocky bluffs, forests, karst landscape, caves, and historic sites that make this place special. The deadline to submit comments is August 18th. To submit comments and learn more information, click the button below.

Image credit: Reva Dow
Webinar Available CFM YouTube

Help Save the Monarch Butterfly with Maramec Spring Park and the National Wildlife Federation

The iconic monarch butterfly is disappearing across North America. The Ozark Highlands are part of the critical central monarch flyway, as such, it is essential for all of us to help create healthy habitat. You will learn about this species’ fascinating 4,000-mile intergenerational migration, its metamorphosis and life cycle, and most importantly, how you can plant native milkweed and wildflowers along the roadside, on your property, and in your community to help save the monarch, pollinators, and other wildlife.

This webinar occurred on August 4th.
CFM Library
Seasons - Stories of Family,
God and the Great Outdoors

“Larry’s devotion to God, his family, and the outdoors in SEASONS jumps off the pages and into your heart. He is a passionate, dedicated, and knowledgeable outdoorsman, and makes you feel like you are right beside him on his adventures. The journeys he takes you on will make you laugh, cry, and deepen your appreciation for the outdoors. This world needs more humans like Larry Whiteley, and SEASONS needs to be read by the world.” – Tyler Schwartze, Executive Director, CFM

Mr. Whiteley has decided to donate the proceeds of this book to the Conservation Federation of Missouri!

"Seasons," is available on Amazon Kindle e-reader and available NOW in paperback at amazon.com and other online retailers.
Ozark Outdoors

Purchase this book by Dr. Mark Morgan, and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC)!

Hunting and fishing are engrained in American culture. However, the true value of outdoor sports is far greater than retail sales, annual licenses and permits, or the number of participants. It's about the experience. Folklore is a powerful way to stabilize cultural practices and traditions. Conversations could begin at home, the workplace, or in the classroom, so start one today!

The book is available online in the CFM Store!
Represent CFM with a new t-shirt!

Looking for ways to help spread the word about CFM? Check out our summer gear at the CFM Store.
If you witness or suspect a wildlife violation, report it to your local conservation agent or call the toll-free number 1-800-392-1111. You may remain anonymous and you may ask to be considered for a reward if you wish.
National Wildlife Federation
Certified Wildlife Habitat ®

Garden For Wildlife Month Certification and Sign Discount! Receive 20% off your total when you certify and purchase any Certified Wildlife Habitat sign. This is a limited-time offer available online only May 1 - June 30. Certify at the link below and enter promo code GARDEN21 at check out.
CFM Platinum Sponsors

Thank you to the dedicated partnership from our platinum sponsors!