Lowell Mohler to be honored Nov. 2 at MDC area in Holt County

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Forest City, Mo. – The public is invited to attend when the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) dedicates the 2,500-acre Lowell Mohler Wetland Unit at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Bob Brown Conservation Area in Holt County. This event honors Mohler’s service to conservation, including serving as a member of the Missouri Conservation Commission from 2003 to 2009.

Mohler is a farmer and a native of Oregon in Holt County.  He has a record of conserving forests, fish, and wildlife and a history of building bridges between conservation and agriculture. Mohler received the G. Andy Runge Award from the Missouri Chapter of Wildlife Society and was named Master Conservationist by the commission in 2001.

“To be able to honor Lowell Mohler by naming this wetland unit after him only further highlights his incredible contribution to conservation over the years, not only as a former conservation commissioner but also as a strong advocate for connecting conservation and agriculture to keep Missouri thriving,” said MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley.

Mohler holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture.  He served as director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  He has also served as chief operating officer of the Missouri Farm Bureau, senior vice president and national board member of Ducks Unlimited, member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri, board member of the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, Missouri State Fair Commission, and chairman of the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources Advisory Council.

The 3,307-acre Bob Brown Conservation Area is popular with birders, hunters, wildlife watchers, and anglers. Wetlands at the area provide important habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds during fall and spring migrations. The area is in the Missouri River bottoms and is bounded by the river for three miles. Lowland hardwood forest habitat and fields also support wildlife. Audubon Missouri has identified designated Bob Brown’s varied habitats as an Important Bird Area.

To reach the area, take Missouri 111 to Forest City. From Forest City, take Holt County Road 290 west 2.5 miles to the area. At area headquarters, MDC staff will direct visitors to the dedication site. For more information, call 816-271-3100. For information about the Bob Brown Conservation Area, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZpT.