Missouri Department of Conservation

The mission of the Missouri Department of Conservation is to protect and manage the fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state; to facilitate and provide opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about these resources.

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MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley announces retirement after decades-long career in public service
Parker Pauley will retire July 1 after a 30-year career in public service

By Joe Jerek, MDOC


Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Director Sara Parker Pauley announced she will retire July 1 after a 30-year career in public service that began as a policy coordinator at MDC and ended as the first female director of the agency when she took the position in November 2016. 

“The opportunity to serve as director of one of the top conservation agencies in the country over the last seven years -- and to work alongside an immensely talented team of staff, partners, and commissioners -- has been a life-changing experience for me,” said Pauley...

74th Annual Conference
Monday, October 26 - Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Pricing was as follows:

Professional Registration: $200 (early); $250 (late) Student Registration: $ 100 (early); $150 (late) Conference Theme Design for the Future: Connect, Cultivate, and Care Awards Presentation

Awards presented Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Learn more about the awards and past recipients.

Missouri Officer Honored by Regional Peers
Andy Barnes named 2018 SEAFWA Wildlife Officer of the Year

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Andy Barnes the 2018 Colonel Bob Brantley Wildlife Officer of the Year at their annual meeting in Mobile this week. Barnes is a conservation officer for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

“Today’s conservation enforcement officers wear many hats. They assist other law enforcement officers with everything from search and rescue to manhunts. They are the primary face of our state agencies to the public. They mentor, educate, promote, serve and protect,” SEAFWA President Chuck Sykes said. “Agent Barnes...

Missouri Electrofishing Safety Committee Recognized by Regional Peers
Missouri Department of Conservation Committee given 2017 SEAFWA Directors’ Special Recognition Award

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) presented the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Electrofishing Equipment and Safety Committee with a special recognition award at their annual meeting in Louisville this week. The ten-member team has updated and standardized electrofishing guidelines, which multiple states are adopting.

“This manual provides safety guidelines, technological updates, and equipment improvements,” SEAFWA President Alvin Taylor said. “The result is a set of guidelines that effectively builds on past recommendations.”

Conservation Commission Names Sara Parker Pauley as Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation
A Missouri native, Pauley brings a wide range of public and private sector experience to the position

The Missouri Conservation Commission has selected Sara Parker Pauley as the ninth director of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), effective Nov. 1, 2016.

“As a lifelong conservationist, hunter, and outdoorswoman, Sara Parker Pauley appreciates and understands the value of Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife resources,” said Conservation Commission Chair Dave Murphy. “Sara has a breadth of experience and a proven track record of success to lead the Department.”

“I look forward to this opportunity the Commission has entrusted me with,” Pauley said. “I began...