The Conservation Commission met March 3 and 4 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 recommendations from the Regulations Committee to:
• Prohibit planting seeds on conservation areas (CAs) to reduce the risk of introducing exotic plants.
• Exempt persons with autism and certain other disabilities that prevent them from passing the hunter education certification test from hunter-education requirements. Exemptions are to be granted on a case-by-case basis after applicants have taken the hunter-education course and taken the test twice, failing both times. Persons hunting under this exemption must be accompanied by a licensed hunter.
• Change regulations on specific conservation areas.
The Commission received presentations from:
• Division Chief Mike Hubbard regarding Private Land Services Division.
• Grassland Bird Coordinator Max Alleger regarding quail focus areas and quail emphasis areas.
• Project Coordinator Ron Dent regarding the elk-restoration project.
The Commission also:
• Approved entering into a contract with Split Rock Studios, of Arden Hills, Minnesota, for the construction of the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center Phase I Exhibit Renovation located in Jackson County, at a total estimated cost of $259,794.
• Approved accepting the donation of two tracts of land, consisting of approximately 30.95 acres and 52.63 acres, respectively, in Stoddard County as an addition to the Duck Creek Conservation Area.
• Suspended hunting and/or fishing privileges of 15 Missouri residents and one nonresident for Wildlife Code violations and affirmed actions taken by Missouri courts suspending privileges of one Missouri resident. Those whose privileges were suspended are:
Robbie D. Acklin, Ava, all sport privileges, 1 year
Jesse R. Alverson, Sedalia, all sport privileges, 1 year
Mike E. Boyer, Winona, all sport privileges, 1 year
Anthony R. Cantrell, Webb City, all sport privileges, 1 year
William J. Daniel, Clinton, all sport privileges, 1 year
Jeremiah C. Dickson, Winona, all sport privileges, 4 years
Billy J. Duncan, Summersville, all sport privileges, 1 year
Gary L. Fulk, Arbela, all sport privileges, 3 years
Walter C. Jackson, Independence, all sport privileges, 1 year
Edward P. Johnson, Mt. Vernon, all sport privileges, 1 year
Tanner J. Morrison, Humansville, all sport privileges, 1 year
Alan C. Murray, Paragould, Ark., all sport privileges, 1 year
Matthew E. Myers, Anderson, all sport privileges, 6 months
Lindell G. Reed, Blue Springs, all sport privileges, 1 year
Arley F. Steenrod, Versailles, all sport privileges, 1 year
Jamie D. Vitale, Lebanon, all sport privileges, 1 year
James D. Winn, Hannibal, hunting and fishing, until Dec. 22, 2012.
• Approved the suspension or revocation of all hunting and fishing privileges of 173 people who are not in compliance with applicable child support laws.
• Suspended privileges of one Missouri resident and 174 nonresidents under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
• Imposed hunting privilege suspensions of one to two years for two Missouri residents who injured other persons in hunting incidents. The hunters must complete a hunter-education training course before restoration of privileges.
• Confirmed the next Conservation Commission meeting for April 14 and 15 in Jefferson City.
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