Friday, February 4, 2011

Conservation Action--January 2011

From the Department of Conservation:

The Conservation Commission met Jan. 27 and 28 at Conservation Department Headquarters in Jefferson City. Commissioners present were:
Becky L. Plattner, Grand Pass, Chair
Don R. Johnson, Festus, Vice Chair William F. “Chip” McGeehan, Marshfield, Member, Acting Secretary

PRESENTATIONS
The Commission:
Received a Regulations Committee report, including a Missouri Elk Restoration update from Deputy Director Tom Draper.
Received a Resource Science division report from Division Chief Mike Kruse.
Received an Information Technology report from IT Services Chief Douglas Fees.
Received a Smallmouth Bass Management report from Fisheries Management Biologist John Ackerson.
Honored the following individuals for outstanding service as the 2010 State Hunter Education Instructors of the Year:
Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor Barry Cagle, St. Louis Region;
Bowhunter Education Volunteer Instructor Randall Vandegrift, Southwest Region;
Conservation Agent Instructor Willie Carr, Southwest Region;
Department Staff Instructor Andy Rhodes, Southwest Region.
Received a Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation report from MCHF Executive Vice President Rick Thom.

ADMINISTRATION
The Commission:
Approved entering into a contract with Kissick Construction Company, Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., for the construction of a new Sullivan-area workstation on the Meramec Conservation Area in Franklin County at a total estimated cost of $393,128.
Approved entering into a contract with Micro-Comm, Inc. of Olathe, Kansas, for the construction of a monitoring system at the Roaring River Fish Hatchery in Barry County at a total estimated cost of $440,402.
Approved the conveyance of approximately 1.71 acres of Settles’ Ford Conservation Area in Bates County to Bates County for bridge replacement over Peter Creek and associated roadwork.
Authorized the advertisement and sale of:
Estimated 753,396 board feet of timber located on 370 acres of Compartment 38, Rocky Creek Conservation Area in Shannon County;
Estimated 1.17 million board feet of timber located on 659 acres of Compartment 27, Sunklands Conservation Area in Shannon County.
Approved the nominations for Master Conservationists and nominations for induction into the Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame.
Suspended all sport privileges of 10 Missouri residents for Wildlife Code violations and affirmed actions taken by Missouri courts revoking hunting privileges of four Missouri residents. Those whose privileges were suspended or revoked are:
Daniel L. Ammerman, Archie, all sport, 1 year;
Randy E. Barnes, Ellington, all sport, add 6 years to current suspension;
Ryan A. Daugherty, Norwood, all sport, 6 months;
Clayton R. Dotson, Jr., Purdy, all sport, 1 year;
Bear J. Elliot, Mountain View, all sport, 3 years;
Adam R. Gaggens, Russellville, all sport, 1 year;
Austin R. Keeney, Rolla, all sport, 1 year;
Darin A. Lankford, Buffalo, all sport, 4 years;
Eldon E. Luckey, Frohna, all sport, 1 year;
Ryan A. Nash, Lone Jack, all sport, 2 years;
Douglas L. Byrn, Downing, hunting, revoked until Oct. 18, 2011;
Logan D. Byrn, Downing, hunting, revoked until Oct. 18, 2011;
Jerad M. Fuller, Memphis, hunting, revoked until Oct. 22, 2011;
Revoked the commercial deer-processing permit and privileges for Holt Butcher Block – Keenan Williams, Holt, until the facility comes into compliance with all applicable Department of Agriculture requirements.
Approved the suspension or revocation of all hunting and fishing privileges of 354 residents and six non residents who are not in compliance with applicable child support laws.
Suspended privileges of one Missouri resident and 222 nonresidents under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
Imposed a hunting privilege suspension of three years for a Missouri resident who inflicted injury to another person by firearm while hunting. The hunter must complete a hunter-education training course before restoration of privileges.
Reinstated all hunting privileges of James R. Ross, Warrensburg.
Confirmed the Conservation Commission’s next regular meeting will be held March 4, 2011, in Jefferson City.

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