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.

  • July 13-14, 2023
  • September 7-8, 2023
  • December 7-8, 2023
  • Thursday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. – WORKSHOP and CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION
  • Friday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. - REGULAR OPEN MEETING

Washington City Hall Council Chamber, 405 Jefferson St. in Washington, Mo

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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May 18 at 9:30 a.m. - Workshop followed by Closed Executive Session:

  • Commission Workshop
  • 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.

May 19 at 8:30 a.m. — Regular Open Meeting:

  • Call to order — Mark McHenry, Chair


  • Director’s Comments — Sara Parker Pauley, Director
  • Presentation: St. Louis Region — Julie Stone, St. Louis Regional Administrator
  • 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.
  • Presentation: Wildlife Diversity and Natural Community Conservation: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities — Kelly Rezac, Wildlife Diversity Coordinator
  • Presentation: Canine Badges — Randy Doman, Protection Branch Chief

Regulations Committee:

  • Action Item: Report of the Regulations Committee, and associated action items — Jason Sumners, Deputy Director and Chair, Regulations Committee
  • Presentation/Action Item: Recommendations for changes to the Wildlife Code regarding rules pertaining to all portions of the 2023-2024 deer hunting season — Jason Isabelle, Cervid Program Supervisor
  • Presentation/Action Item: Permit Proposal — Aaron Jeffries, Deputy Director

Administration – Budget:

  • Presentation: Financial Report — Andrew Bond, Chief Financial Officer
  • Action Item: Recommendation for approval of the Department’s Fiscal Year 2024 Internal Expenditure Plan

Infrastructure Management Branch:

  • Presentation: Major Construction Projects Status Report — Jacob Careaga, Infrastructure Management Branch Chief
  • Action Item: Consideration of bids for construction of the Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery Renovation project located in Lebanon, Missouri

Realty Committee:

Jennifer Battson Warren, Deputy Director and Chair, Realty Committee

  • Action Item: Recommendation for approval to name the approximately 228-acre Rockhold tract in Adair County the Rock Lake Conservation Area
  • Action Item: Recommendation for approval to purchase approximately 32.4 acres in Livingston County as an addition to Fountain Grove Conservation Area
  • Action Item: Recommendation for approval to purchase approximately 4 acres in Greene County as an addition to Bois D’Arc Conservation Area
  • Action Item: Recommendation for approval to purchase approximately 2,469 acres in Shannon County as an addition to Rocky Creek Conservation Area


  • Action Item: Consideration of items removed from the Consent Calendar, if any.
  • Legislative Update — Aaron Jeffries, Deputy Director

Other matters of interest



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.

  • C.1 Action Item: Approval of minutes of previous open meeting(s)
  • C.2 Action Item: Recommendation for approval to suspend or revoke one or more hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges of individuals for cause — Jennifer Frazier, General Counsel
  • C.3. Action Item: Consideration of request for reinstatement of one or more hunting and/or fishing privileges — Jennifer Frazier, General Counsel
  • C.4 Action Item: Recommendation for approval to suspend or revoke hunting privileges of individual(s) who inflicted injury to another person while hunting — Jennifer Frazier, General Counsel
  • C.5 Quarterly Permit Suspensions/Revocations Report — Jennifer Frazier, General Counsel
  • C.6 Action Item: Conservation Employees’ Benefits Plan update and recommendation to appoint a new retiree representative to the Board of Trustees for a three-year term — Tom Neubauer, Human Resources Branch Chief
  • C.7 Quarterly Personnel Changes Report — Tom Neubauer, Human Resources Branch Chief
  • C.8 Information Technology Projects Status Report — Douglas Fees, Information Technology Branch Chief

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