Sunday, July 10, 2016

MDC announces new private land conservationist for Ste. Genevieve, Perry counties

Kyle Lorenz has local knowledge, combined with conservation education and experience.
PERRYVILLE, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces Kyle Lorenz is the new Private Land Conservationist (PLC) for Ste. Genevieve and Perry counties. Lorenz is from Farrar, in Perry County.
Being from the area gives Lorenz an advantage of local knowledge and established relationships in the community, according to Tony Jaco, MDC’s private land regional supervisor. “Kyle already knows many of the landowners, is familiar with the landscape and understands local conservation needs,” Jaco said.
Private land conservationists make one-on-one contacts with landowners who seek conservation advice. They also work with other MDC staff, the University of Missouri Extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other natural resource agencies to deliver resource management information to landowners through workshops, training programs and special events.
Lorenz graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Wildlife Conservation. He has worked for MDC in various positions since 2009, in wildlife, resource science, fisheries and protection divisions. Most recently, Lorenz worked as a wildlife biologist in the Elsberry area. 
“His work experience, combined with growing up on a family farm, has given Kyle experience in managing a diverse range of habitats,” Jaco said. “I’m confident his experience and education will allow him to serve area landowners well.”
Lorenz resides in Perry County with his wife and son.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, and “pretty much everything outdoors” along with working on his family’s property in Perry County.  He can be reached at (573) 883-3566, ext. 8077 or at kyle.lorenz@mdc.mo.gov.
More conservation information for landowners can be found at mdc.mo.gov/your-property.