Sara Parker Pauley New Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation

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A Missouri native, Pauley brings a wide range of public and private sector experience to the position.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — 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 my career working for the Department and I look forward to working with the staff, dedicated volunteers, and committed partners to lead this agency into the future.” Continue reading

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Monarch Technical Coordinator Job Opening

The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) is seeking a contractor to provide technical coordination and plan-writing services to assist MAFWA’s member states, plus Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and other interested states with Monarch Conservation efforts. Continue reading

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Governor Mark Dayton Issues Executive Order to Reverse Pollinator Decline and Restore Pollinator Health in Minnesota

Action steps outlined for state agencies to minimize negative impact on bees and other insect pollinators

August 26, 2016

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today issued Executive Order 16-07, requiring the state to take specific actions to reverse the decline of bees and other pollinator populations that play a crucial role in agriculture and food production. Pollinator populations, critical to our state’s $90 billion agricultural sector, have been in decline in Minnesota over the past decade. Continue reading

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18 states, including Minnesota, partner to assist pheasants

 

The goal is maintaining and improving the birds’ habitat in hunting states.

By Tony Kennedy Star Tribune

August 6, 2016 — 4:20pm pheasant pic

File photo by Dennis Anderson Eighteen states, including Minnesota, have joined together to work on the National Wild Pheasant Conservation Plan. Its management board will meet for the first time next month.

The first national effort to unite pheasant states into a partnership for improved and expanded ringneck habitat is up and flying with help from Minnesota and 17 other states.

In a quiet ceremony four months ago, the states hired pheasant biologist Scott Taylor to build momentum for the National Wild Pheasant Conservation Plan. Its goal is to restore and maintain self-sustaining wild pheasant populations in the 31 states from California to New York where the birds can be hunted.

The partnership, including nonprofit Pheasants Forever, will hit another milestone next month in Philadelphia when Taylor coordinates the first meeting of the group’s management board. Minnesota will have a representative on the board, chaired by Tony Leif, director of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. Continue reading

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Bill could provide $1.3 billion for U.S. wildlife conservation

 By Paul A. Smith of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

July 09, 2016

A bill was introduced Thursday in Congress to provide $1.3 billion annually for wildlife conservation across the United States.

The proposed legislation, called the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650), was authored by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Don Young (R-Alaska).

It would use royalties from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters to fund the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program. Continue reading

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