The Missouri Conservation Commission met June 27 at 2 p.m. for its Closed Executive Session and June 28 at 8:30 a.m. for its Regular Open Meeting, both at Conservation Department Headquarters, 2901 W. Truman Blvd. in Jefferson City. Commissioners present were:
- Marilynn J. Bradford, Chair
- David W. Murphy, Vice Chair
- Don C. Bedell, Secretary
- Wm. L. (Barry) Orscheln, Member
The Commission received the following presentations/reports:
- Director’s Comments -- Sara Parker Pauley, Director
- Operational Excellence Update -- Kendra Witthaus, Assistant to Director, Operational Excellence
- Report of the Regulations Committee - Mike Hubbard, Deputy Director and Chair, Regulations Committee
- Elk Restoration Update/Future Elk Season -- Aaron Hildreth, Resource Scientist
- MDC’s Coldwater Hatchery System -- Brian Canaday, Fisheries Division Chief
- Financial Report -- Andrew Bond, Financial Services Chief
- Recognized MDC Community Forester Ann Koenig of Columbia as the recipient of the 2019 True Professional of Arboriculture Award from the International Society of Arboriculture.
- Approved the structure for an elk hunting season once a population of at least 200 elk is achieved with a minimum of a 10-percent annual herd growth rate and a ratio of at least four cow elk for every one bull. There are currently about 173 elk.
- Approved the sale of the 63-acre Gardner tract in Greene County.
- Approved the sale of the 23.1-acre Maude Shores Jacks Conservation Area in Audrain County.
- Approved the sale of the 7.6-acre Loutre Island Access in Montgomery County.
- Suspended or revoked one or more hunting, fishing, or trapping privileges of three individuals for cause:
- David C. Jacobs, Farmington, Hunting, 1 Year;
- Zachery R. Schlotterbeck, Windsor, All Sport, 1 Year; and
- Guofu Zou, Centralia, Fishing, 2 Years.
- Suspended or revoked all hunting and fishing privileges of 112 individuals who are not in compliance with applicable child support laws.
- Suspended or revoked one or more hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges of 154 individuals in accordance with the terms of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
- Suspended or revoked hunting privileges of one individual who inflicted injury to another person while hunting.
- Approved revision(s) to the bylaws of the Missouri Conservation Commission.
- Elected the following Commission officers: Don C. Bedell, Chair, and Wm. L. (Barry) Orscheln, Vice Chair/Secretary.
- Set the next regular meeting for August 22-23, 2019.