MDC adds eight new conservation agents

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently added eight new agents. The conservation agent class of 2015 graduated during a special ceremony at the Department's Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City on Wednesday, Sept. 30. During the graduation, the new agents were pinned with a badge by their families and also took the oath to become conservation agents.

"This is an incredible milestone in your life," MDC Director Bob Ziehmer said. "I challenge each of you as you enter into this conservation agent career, to engage in your community and invest in the people. Congratulations! I salute your achievement."

These eight new agents will be joining the 193 existing MDC agents by serving and protecting Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife.

"Each one of you are now part of an exceptional elite group that Missourians look up to and respect," MDC Commission Chair Marilynn Bradford said. "On behalf of the Commission, we want to congratulate you on accomplishing what very few people will ever achieve -- and that is becoming a Missouri conservation agent."

The class of 2015 conservation agents and their assignments are:

  • Michael Collins: Scotland County
  • Kyle Dunda: Madison County
  • Jeremy Edwards: Shannon County
  • Andrew Feistel: Knox County
  • Kaleb Neece: Reynolds County
  • Caleb Pryor: Butler County
  • Justin Pyburn: Caldwell County
  • Samantha Rhoades: Osage County

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