Missouri Department of Natural Resources, a.k.a DNR

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, also known as DNR, is responsible for protecting the air, land, water and mineral resources to preserve Missouri’s natural and historical place (S) and provide recreational and learning opportunities.  Additionally, DNR is responsible for promoting prudent operations of businesses, communities and industry for the benefit of Missouri and its residents.

Missouri’s air, land and water resources are important and play a major role in health and are essential to the environmental and economic vitality to the state of Missouri.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was formed on July 1 under the Omnibus State Reorganization Act of 1974.  The department helps develop mineral, oil & gas resources in an environmentally prudent manner.  The department protects the quality of water that Missouri residents drink and the air they breathe, as well as Missouri’s land resources.  The department provides compliance & financial assistance to the Missouri’s citizens, communities & businesses to protect public health and improve Missouri’s natural resources.  Additionally, the department preserves the state’s natural landscapes and cultural features through a network of state parks and historic sites, along with the efforts of the state historic preservation office.

Programs offered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources:

  • Air Pollution Control Program
  • Dam and Reservoir Safety Program
  • Division of Environmental Quality
  • Geological Survey Program
  • Hazardous Waste Program
  • Human Resources – Jobs
  • Land Reclamation Program
  • Missouri Geological Survey
  • Missouri State Parks
  • Regional Offices
  • Soil and Water Conservation Program
  • Solid Waste Management Program
  • State Historical Preservation Office
  • Water Protection Program
  • Water Resources Center

Currently, (June 2019) Carol S. Comer is the director, named by former Missouri Governor, Eric Greitens, in January 2017.

DNR’s stated vision: The Missouri Department of Natural Resources helps Missouri citizens thrive by balancing a healthy environment with a healthy economy.

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Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 800-361-4827
Phone: 573-751-3443

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