Sunday, July 7, 2013

Conservation Action July 2013

The Conservation Commission met July 2 and 3 in Jefferson City.  Commissioners
present were:
Don C. Bedell, Sikeston, Chair
James T. Blair, IV, St. Louis, Vice Chair
Becky L. Plattner, Grand Pass, Secretary
Don R. Johnson, Festus, Member

The Commission:
  • Received presentations from:
    • Resource Scientist Lonnie Hansen regarding future elk population management
    • Ducks Unlimited (DU) Director of Conservation Programs David Brakhage, and Manager of Conservation Mark Flaspohler regarding the DU-MDC partnership and accomplishments
    • Resource Science Division Chief Mike Hubbard regarding wildlife management and Wildlife Code complexities of the 21st Century
  • The Commission voted to encourage staff to follow the October 2010 elk restoration plan and begin the process of developing a future elk hunting season, with public input, as a means to manage the herd.
  • Approved entering into a contract with Brockmiller Construction, Inc., Farmington, for the construction of  the Meramec Spring Fish Hatchery Pool 5 Screen and Weir Gate Replacement project in Phelps County, at a total estimated cost of $261,500. Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program funds will be utilized to cover 75% of the total project cost.
  • Approved a recommendation to purchase approximately 8.45 acres in Laclede County as an addition to Coffin Cave Conservation Area
  • Approved a recommendation to sell approximately 2.25 acres of the Mount Hulda Towersite in Benton County
  • Approved the advertisement and sale of an estimated 1.97 million board feet of timber located on 633 acres of Compartment 2, Birch Creek Conservation Area in Shannon County
  • Suspended hunting, fishing, and/or trapping privileges of nine Missouri residents for Wildlife Code violations. Those whose privileges were suspended are:
James T. Burnett, Desoto, hunting and fishing, 2 years
John R. Clark, St. Louis, hunting, 3 years
Cody J. Collins, Clarence, hunting, until 5-17-14
Ralph D. Conner, Neosho, hunting, 1 year
Michael P. Cuddy, Ashland, all sport privileges, 1 year
Larry N. Edwards, St. Joseph, hunting, 1 year
Jeffrey R. Ferris, Camdenton, all sport privileges, 12 years
Shannon E. Lane, Eagleville, hunting, until 1-9-14
Chase L. Williams, Caulfield, hunting, 3 years
  • Approved the suspension or revocation of all hunting and fishing privileges of 211 people who are not in compliance with applicable child-support laws. Privileges suspended for noncompliance are reinstated once the Division of Child Support Enforcement notifies MDC that suspendees have come into compliance with the required laws.
  • Suspended privileges of 322 people under the provisions of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.
  • Received public comments from Sam James regarding chronic wasting disease.
  • Elected the following officers:
o   Don C. Bedell, Chair
o   James T. Blair, IV, Vice Chair/Secretary
·        Set its next regular meeting for Aug. 15 and 16 in Jefferson City.