Conservation Action: Meeting of the December 2010 Conservation Commission
The Conservation Commission met Dec. 16 and 17 at Conservation Department Headquarters in Jefferson City. Commissioners present were:
- Becky L. Plattner, Grand Pass, Chair
- Don R. Johnson, Festus, Vice Chair
- Don C. Bedell, Sikeston, Secretary
- William F. “Chip” McGeehan, Marshfield, Member
The Commission approved the following 2011 hunting-season dates:
- Youth Spring Turkey - April 9 and 10.
- Spring Turkey - April 18 through May 8.
- Fall Firearms Turkey - Oct. 1 through 31.
- Opening Day of November Portion of Firearms Deer Season - Nov. 12.
The Commission also approved recommendations for spring hunting regulations on Conservation Areas and spring managed hunts, which will be published in the 2011 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.
- Received a Protection Division report from Division Chief Larry Yamnitz.
- Received a report on implementation of key components of the Vacancy Management Plan from Deputy Director Tim Ripperger and Human Resources Division Chief Tom Neubauer.
- Received a presentation from Dr. Harry and Mrs. Lina Berrier, Show-Me Barbecue, Columbia, who made a donation of $25,000 to the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation.
- Presented service awards to the following employees: 35 years: Kurt Kysar, Branson 30 years: Thomas C. Davidson, Marshall; Robert R. Farr, Warsaw; Timothy B. Grace, Columbia; Rickey D Welch, Salem; Matthew J. Wolken, Greentop; Larry D. Yamnitz, Jefferson City. 25 years: Gary F. Bisges, Jefferson City; Chris L. Conway, Eminence; Joseph W. Davis, Jefferson City; Gregory K, Gremaud, Kirksville; Cathy E. Clark Harris, Holts Summit; Susan L. Hilty, Deepwater; Gregory W. Jones, Jefferson City; Gary N. Oakley, Houston; Jeffrey J. Petty, Jefferson City; David Rowold, Piedmont; Paul S. Spurgeon, Cassville.
- Presented special awards to: Public Service Assistant Barbara S. Amass, Brookline, who received the Clerical Employee of the Year Award; Conservation Agents Robert A. Lyons, Fulton, and Becky M. Robertson, Wentzville, who received Workforce Diversity Awards; Karen Dunkle, Anita Hammann, and Pam Jones for more than 2,000 hours of service each at Runge Conservation Nature Center, Jefferson City.
- Recognized volunteer Jim Hawes, from Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center in Blue Springs, who received the National Association for Interpretation’s 2010 Outstanding Volunteer Interpreter Award.
- Accepted the bequest of approximately 76 acres in Texas County as an addition to the Gist Ranch Conservation Area.
- Conveyed approximately 0.18 acre of Settles’ Ford Conservation Area in Bates County to Bates County for replacement of the Grand River Lane Bridge over the South Grand River.
- Approved working with the Fish and Wildlife Service to acquire a perpetual conservation easement held by Ozark Regional Land Trust on approximately 295 acres in Lawrence County to help protect Ozark Cavefish.
- Authorized Forestry Division to advertise and sell an estimated 1.6 million board feet of timber located on 659 acres of Compartment 19, Peck Ranch Conservation Area (MoFEP 7), in Carter County.
- Authorized Forestry Division to advertise and sell an estimated 1.7 million board feet of timber located on 529 acres of Compartment 4, Peck Ranch Conservation Area (MoFEP 9), in Carter County.
- Authorized Forestry Division to advertise and sell an estimated 3.9 million board feet of timber located on 1,164 acres of Compartments 2, 8, 9 and 17, Current River Conservation Area (MoFEP sites 2-5), in Reynolds County.
- Designated the 639-acre LaBarque Creek Conservation Area (CA) in Jefferson County as a Missouri Natural Area.
- Designated 240 acres of Burnt Mill Cave CA in Camden County as a Missouri Natural Area.
- Approved a 402-acre addition to Spring’s End Forest Natural Area on Woodson K. Woods CA in Phelps and Crawford counties.
- Approved publication of the Conservation Department’s 2009-2010 Annual Report.
- Suspended hunting and/or fishing privileges of 19 Missouri residents and one nonresident for Wildlife Code violations and affirmed actions taken by Missouri courts suspending privileges of two Missouri residents. Those whose privileges were suspended are:
- Christopher J. Baxley, Chillicothe, all sport privileges, 5 years
- Jewel W. Brawley, New London, all sport privileges, 1 year
- Mark A. Bryant, Cameron, all sport privileges, 2 years
- Joshua W. Buckner, Rolla, all sport privileges, 2 years
- Ronald J. Conaway, Eldon, all sport privileges, 6.5 years
- Derek A. Daugherty, Norwood, all sport privileges, 3 years
- Skyler E. Fisher, Edwards, all sport privileges, 6 months
- Scott T. Gollaher, Hannibal, all sport privileges, 1 year
- Wendy D. Hamilton, Lockwood, all sport privileges, 1 year
- Donald L. Heigl, Eldon, all sport privileges, 1 year
- Christian J. Henderson, Louisburg, hunting privileges, until Nov. 3, 2012
- Dennis R. Leap, Camdenton, all sport privileges, 1 year
- Justin M. Lee, Cameron, all sport privileges, 2 years
- James C. Parnell, Jonesboro, Ark., all sport privileges, 1 year
- Cameron L. Pierce, St. Joseph, all sport privileges, 1 year
- Michael A. Pitts, De Kalb, all sport privileges, 1 year
- Sean A. Skaggs, Rolla, all sport privileges, 3 years
- Louie L. Taylor, Sarcoxie, all sport privileges, 6 months
- Brian K. Twitchell, Fulton, all sport privileges, 1 year
- Tim. S. Ware, Fordland, all sport privileges, 1 year
- Neil L. Weiss, Blue Springs, hunting privileges, until Sept. 13, 2011
- Gary E. Wenneker, Montgomery City, all sport privileges, 1 year
- Approved the suspension or revocation of all hunting and fishing privileges of 287 people who are not in compliance with applicable child support laws.
- Suspended privileges of two Missouri residents and 348 nonresidents under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
- Imposed a hunting privilege suspension of two years for a Missouri resident who injured another person in a hunting incident. The hunter must complete a hunter-education training course before restoration of privileges.
- Reinstated all hunting, fishing and trapping privileges of Ryan D. Pliler, Excelsior Springs.
- Confirmed the Conservation Commission’s next regular meeting will be held Jan. 27 and 28.