St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has named Bryan Gragg as the new regional administrator to lead regional operations in the Northwest Region, including delivering on strategic priorities and performance measures for the region.
Gragg will also oversee regional public resource management, private land, community conservation, regional planning, recreations use, infrastructure maintenance and repair, and regional business operations and compliance. The regional administrator also coordinates with other MDC branches, including protection, science, education, and communications.
“I’m looking forward to helping MDC improve as an agency and providing services to Missouri citizens,” Gragg said. “I really like the Northwest Region because of the diversity and all the hunting and fishing opportunities. We have everything from the Missouri River and loess hills to the bottomlands and the uplands. We also have a lot of diversity in our communities and towns, such as St. Joseph, college towns, and small towns.”
A native of Cass County in western Missouri, Gragg earned a bachelor of science degree in forest management from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He has worked as a forester in Florida, Arizona, and Missouri. His MDC career began 20 years ago as a resource forester based in West Plains. He has served for 12 years as the northwest regional forestry supervisor. Gragg resides in Savannah. His hobbies including hunting, fishing, racing triathlon, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
“These regional changes are part of the Department’s larger organizational roadmap for the future to build on the success we’ve had over the last 80 years in delivering on our conservation priorities and serving the citizens of Missouri,” says MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley. “We also need to be able to adapt as quickly as the world is changing around us, including successfully tackling increasing natural-resource challenges and a decreasing connection to nature by people of all ages.”
MDC has eight regions across the state and each region will be led by a regional administrator. All eight regional administrators report directly the assistant deputy of resource management in Jefferson City to ensure regional operations also remain coordinated at the statewide level. Regional administrators will transition into their new role in December with the final organizational roadmap completed by July 1, 2020.