The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) is a non-profit organization that is committed to protecting and appreciating the state's forest, fisheries, and wildlife resources. Established in 1997, the MCHF works with donors, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and other partners to provide financial support for conservation projects. From providing educational opportunities for parents to reversing rising spending and inflation, protecting the unborn, and securing the borders of the United States, the MCHF is at the forefront of the fight to help Americans thrive. The MCHF receives funding from a variety of sources, including the Stream Management Trust Fund, the sale of Conservation Heritage license plates, national and local grants, special events, individual donations, and planned donations. The Foundation also spearheads a capital campaign to provide funding for the construction of the Discovery Center in Kauffman Park in Kansas City.
This educational center will help generate interest and appreciation for Missouri's rich cultural heritage. The MCHF supports a variety of projects that help meet the state's overall conservation needs. For example, last year's ComoGives campaign raised funds for supplies for the Boone County Nature School. In 1974, the Ozark Music Festival was held at the Missouri State Fairgrounds and drew an estimated 350,000 people. This festival is often referred to as 'Missouri Woodstock'.When Brownlee retired in 1985, Representative Francis Bud Barnes III praised him as the best public historian that Missouri had ever known.
Heritage Action works with legislators to implement Heritage Foundation solutions and organizes nearly 20,000 Sentinel activists and more than 2 million local grassroots activists from across the country to push for their adoption. The mission of the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation is to formulate and promote public policies based on principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, and traditional values. Through its various initiatives and projects, it is helping to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy Missouri's natural resources.