Commission Meetings and Actions


The Conservation Commission meets regularly throughout the state. Agendas for upcoming meetings are published online one week prior to the meeting.

Tentative Meeting Dates

Dates are subject to change. Locations will be announced later.

  • May 23-24, 2024
  • July 11-12, 2024
  • September 5-6, 2024
  • October 24-25, 2024
  • December 12-13, 2024
  • Thursday, April 4, at 9 a.m. – Closed Executive Session at 13200 County Road 8510 in Newburg
  • Thursday, April 4, at 1 p.m. – Workshop at Hasselmann House Roller Family Board Room, 1100 N. Pine St. in Rolla
  • Friday, April 5, at 8:30 a.m. – Regular Open Meeting at Hasselmann House Grand Hall, 1100 N. Pine St. in Rolla

Background documents related to open meeting agenda items are available for public viewing at Conservation Department Headquarters, Jefferson City, for eight calendar days prior to the meeting. Any person who would like to comment to the Commission about a specific agenda item must make a written request to the Director at least four calendar days prior to the meeting. The time allotted for public comment and the number of speakers will be at the Commission’s discretion. Recording the open meeting is permissible, pursuant to any guidelines established by the Commission to minimize disruption to the meeting. Individuals wishing to record the open meeting by audiotape, videotape, or other electronic means should notify the Director at least four calendar days prior to the meeting so accommodations for such recording can be made.

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April 4 at 9 a.m. — Closed Executive Session

  • Vote to close meeting.
  • Approval of minutes of previous executive session(s) (610.021 RSMo.).
  • Consideration of supporting documentation related to recommendations to suspend or revoke hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges (621.021(1), 610.021.14, 454.440.9, 211.321 RSMo).
  • Consideration of confidential or privileged communications between the Commission and its Internal Auditor regarding work product (610.021(17) RSMo.).
  • Consideration of negotiated contracts (610.021(12) RSMo.).
  • Consideration of legal actions, causes of action, or litigation and attorney-client privileged communications as provided for in 610.021(1) RSMo.
  • Consideration of potential real estate transactions/negotiations (610.021(2) RSMo.).
  •  Consideration of recommendations relating to the hiring/firing/disciplining/promoting of personnel (610.021(3) RSMo.).
  • Adjourn closed session.

April 4 at 1 p.m. — Commission Workshop

  • Presentation: Budget
  • Presentation: Alternative Construction Methods
  • Regulations Pipeline

April 5 at 8:30 a.m. — Regular Open Meeting

  • Call to order — Steven D. Harrison, Chair


  • Director’s Comments — Sara Parker Pauley, Director
  • Action Item: Consideration of items on the Consent Calendar (to be approved with a single action unless any Commission member requests an item be removed and taken up separately). Items removed will be addressed as the last action item on the meeting agenda.

Regulations Committee — Jason Sumners, Deputy Director & Chair, Regulations Committee

  • Action Item: Report of the Regulations Committee, and orders of rulemaking to finalize changes initially approved during the December Commission meeting and recommendations for 2024 black bear season quotas.
  • Presentation/Action Item: Recommendations for 2024 elk season quotas — Presentation by Aaron Hildreth, Cervid Biologist, and action by Jason Sumners, Deputy Director and Chair, Regulations Committee
  • Presentation/Action Item: Recommendations for 2024 dove season dates and limits; and 2024-25 migratory bird season dates and limits — Presentation by Charles Anderson, Game and Regulations Unit Supervisor and Rachel Vanausdall, Migratory Game Bird Coordinator.

Administration - Budget

  • Presentation: Financial Report — Melanie Crane, Interim Chief Financial Officer

Infrastructure Management Branch

  • Presentation: Major Construction Projects Status Report — Jacob Careaga, Infrastructure Management Branch Chief
  • Action Item: Consideration of bids for the construction of the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center Entrance Canopy Replacement project located in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Action Item: Consideration of bids for the construction of the Springfield Conservation Nature Center Roof Replacement located in Springfield, Missouri.

Statewide Resource Management — Michael Bill, Forestry Section Chief

  • Action Item: Recommendation for approval to advertise and sell an estimated 1,070,604 board feet of timber located on 365 acres of Compartment 20, Rocky Creek Conservation Area in Shannon County, Missouri.


  • Action Item: Consideration of items removed from the Consent Calendar, if any.
  • Action Item: Consideration of nominations of individuals for recognition as Master Conservationists — Jason Sumners, Deputy Director
  • Legislative Update — Aaron Jeffries, Deputy Director
  • Other matters of interest    
  • Adjourn


Items on the following Consent Calendar either require Commission Action (if noted) or may be written reports presented for Commission information only.

The Consent Calendar covers routine items to be taken up by the Commission as the first order of business and approved with a single action.  Any Commission member may request an item be removed from the Consent Calendar to be addressed individually.  Any Commission member may abstain from voting on an item without removing it by specifying the item number and his/her desire to abstain prior to the vote.  Items removed from the Consent Calendar are taken up in numerical order as called for by the Commission Chair or as listed on the regular meeting agenda.

  • Action Item: Approval of minutes of previous open meeting(s). 
  • Action Item: Recommendation for approval to suspend or revoke one or more hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges of individuals for cause — Chad John, Internal Auditor
  • Action Item: Recommendation for approval to suspend or revoke hunting privileges of individual(s) who inflicted injury to another person while hunting — Chad John, Internal Auditor
  • Action Item: Recommendation for approval of the following Department policies: Account Management — Andrew Bond, Interim Deputy Director.
  • Information Technology Projects Status Report — Douglas Fees, Information Technology Branch Chief

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