Conservation Commission

PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Phone: (573)-751-4115
Fax: (573)-751-4467


Director: Sara Parker Pauley

Details on Board or Commission

Authority: Constitutional Amendment Article 4, Section 40a

Department: Conservation

Mission: The Missouri Conservation Commission protects and manages the fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state; serves the public and facilitates their participation in resource management activities; and provides opportunities for all citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about fish, forest, and wildlife resources.

Function: The Missouri Conservation Commission controls, manages, restores, conserves and regulates the bird, fish, game, forestry and all wildlife resources of the state, including hatcheries, sanctuaries, refuges, reservations and all other property owned, acquired or used for such purposes and the acquisition and establishment therof, and the administration of all laws pertaining thereto.

SubCommittees: none

Details on Meetings

Number of meetings: 10 to 12 meetings

Location of meetings: Jefferson City and varying locations in conjunction with other conservation events

Duration of meetings: 1 to 2 days

Preparation time for meetings: 2-4 hours

Total time commitment: 24 to 48 hours

Details on Members

Total members: 4

Appointed members: 4

Term length: 6 years

Compensation: Members receive reimbursement for realized and necessary expenses.

Member Requirements: Members must have knowledge and interest in wildlife conservation.

Political Requirements: yes, not more than 2 members may be members of the same political party

Geographic Requirements: no

Senate Consent Required: Yes


Mr. Donald Bedell(R)
Member 1
Term begins: Jul 28, 2015
Term expires: Jun 30, 2021

Mr. Mark L. McHenry(I)
Member 2
Kansas City
Term begins: Jul 26, 2019
Term expires: Jun 30, 2025

Mr. William L. (Barry) Orscheln(R)
Member 3
Term begins: Feb 28, 2019
Term expires: Jun 30, 2023

Dr. Steven D. Harrison(I)
Member 4
Term begins: Jul 26, 2019
Term expires: Jun 30, 2025