A NEW guide for landowners seeking natural conservation information is now available on a web site at the University of Missouri.

Called the Missouri Conservation Assistance Guide, it can be found at the Missouri Watershed Information Network (MoWIN) web site. The address is http://outreach.missouri.edu/mowin.

“This guide provides a quick overview of available programs, practices, and organizations that offer educational, financial and technical assistance,” said Bob Broz, MU water quality specialist.

“There are many assistance programs aiding natural resource efforts but until now there has been no single source of information about them,” he said. “Even individuals who work daily with these programs can find it difficult to keep up with everything offered by so many organizations and the frequent changes that occur.”

The guide will ease getting in touch with professionals on such things as developing long-range plans, filling out forms or applying for financial assistance, he said. User comments are encouraged, said Tabitha Madzura, Website coordinator.

Hard copies of the guide are also available at county-based Outreach and Extension centers in addition to all the state and federal agency regional offices across Missouri.

Guide agencies include the Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Missouri departments of Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, the University of Missouri/Lincoln University Outreach and Extension, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the USDA Farm Service Agency.