What You Learned
The seven sisters of the North American Model of Conservation consist of a set of guiding principles for managing wildlife resources. These principles provide the foundation for the success of fish and wildlife conservation in North America.
Missouri’s commitment to conservation includes a Conservation Commission to govern the conservation agency and a 1⁄8 of 1% sales tax to provide funding for conservation work. In return, Missourians have access to Conservation Areas, Nature Centers, Interpretive Sites, Shooting Ranges, Outdoor Education Centers, and more.
The goal of wildlife conservation is to ensure the wise use and management of renewable resources without wasting or overusing them. Preservation saves natural resources with no consumptive use of them. Both are necessary to ensure resources for future generations.
Wildlife management is the science and practice of maintaining wildlife populations and their habitats. Wildlife managers know that with the proper management and habitat conditions, wildlife can yield a surplus that can be harvested by hunters.
The most critical aspect of wildlife management is managing habitat for game species. This provides a species with the essential elements needed to meet its needs: food, water, cover, space, and an arrangement of these elements that lets animals meet their needs.