The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) was established in 1997 with the mission to engage the community through education, volunteerism, outdoor recreation, the arts and more. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving our past while creating powerful community ties. MCHF has funded a variety of projects to meet the state's conservation needs. One of the first initiatives was the Cedar Gap project.
The Foundation is also spearheading a capital campaign to provide funding for the construction of the Discovery Center, an educational center to be built in Kauffman Park in Kansas City. The Foundation has also been involved in a pilgrim falcon restoration project in Springfield and has been interviewed for studies related to private property rights. The Freedom Frontier National Heritage (FFNHA) is made up of volunteer partners from 41 counties of western Missouri and eastern Kansas who guide the planning and execution of heritage area projects. The main sub-theme is the Border War between Missouri and Kansas, which consists of interpretations of the years of difficult balance established by the Missouri Compromise.
Other subtopics include Shaping the Frontier, which interprets stories from this place that have inspired national policies and ongoing efforts to ensure equal freedoms for all Americans. The MCHF is committed to helping with conservation programs in Missouri and beyond. Through education, volunteerism, outdoor recreation, and more, they are helping to create powerful community ties while preserving our past.