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The MDC has the money, no?Depending on the type of TSI work being done, it can cost upwards of $350 / acre to sub this out.
Missouri has approximately 44 million acres. Let's say 10% of that public. 4.4 million total. Per MDC "The Missouri Department of Conservation administers more than 975,000 acres located throughout the state. About 63 percent, or 615,000 acres, are forested."
So, MDC oversees approximately 25% of public land. Let's say they want to TSI 25% of the forested land...so, approximately 150,000 acres. 1) That would take a massive crew 2) If they got a "deal" and it cost them $150 / acre to TSI this 150,000 acres...that would cost $22,500,000.
So, with this scale in mind, you can see why it is much easier and better for the MDC to have programs where they will help out landowners by paying them and / or covering the cost of this work. And, TSI is just a small fraction. Think of how many fescue and cool season grass fields need conversions! And, this conversion is NECESSARY for wild turkey! We need way more old field acres. BUT, most people don't like it because "it isn't green" year round. That is one of the biggest uphill battles right now.