Monday, March 10, 2014

Conservation Federation of Missouri Hires Brandon Butler as Executive Director

Jefferson City, MO  -- Brandon Butler has joined the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) as Executive Director. In this role, Butler is responsible for
implementing CFM's mission, goals, policies and procedures with respect for Missouri's rich conservation heritage.
"The opportunity to serve the largest and most representative conservation group in Missouri is an honor and privilege I won't take lightly. Missouri has long been recognized as the bar against which all other states measure their conservation achievements. Protecting Missouri's unique non-political conservation model and ensuring future generations of Missourians remain engaged with our state's incredibly diverse natural resources are the top priorities of my position," Butler said.
In 1935, sportsmen from throughout Missouri came together to form the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM). They organized with the purpose of taking politics out of conservation. Their initiative petition campaign resulted in the creation of the Missouri Department of Conservation, a non-political conservation agency that has been a model for other states. Today, CFM serves as "The Voice for Missouri Outdoors," bringing together diverse conservation groups with a common goal of conserving the natural resources of the state and promoting their wise use.
"Brandon brings a unique mix of conservation communication, state conservation agency and corporate business experience to the Executive Director position. We believe his ability to blend sound business practices with a true passion for conservation will help lead CFM to new heights," said Richard Ash, CFM President.
Many Missourians are familiar with Butler through his syndicated outdoor newspaper column, Driftwood Outdoors. He is also a regular contributor to numerous regional and national outdoor publications. Butler currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. He is a past-president of the Missouri Outdoor Communicators and Hoosier Outdoor Writers. Butler holds a Bachelors of Organization Leadership from Purdue University and a Masters of Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.
Butler is following in the footsteps of Dave Murphy, who retired in the spring of 2013 after 10 years as Executive Director. A well-known and highly-respected conservationist, Murphy has been a beacon of conservation leadership for decades. He has agreed to serve CFM in an interim advisory role as Butler settles into the position. Murphy has been bestowed the honor of Director Emeritus, and will stay engaged with CFM as a lifetime board member.  
To learn more about the Conservation Federation of Missouri, please visit www.confedmo.org.