Current Conservation Commissioners

Meet the four-member Conservation Commission. They are responsible for appointing the Department's director, serving as policy makers, approving wildlife code regulations, strategic planning, budget development and major expenditure decisions.

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Don C. Bedell

Don C. Bedell, Sikeston, Chair

(Republican—term expires July 1, 2021)

Mr. Bedell is an accomplished businessman, avid conservationist and enthusiastic sportsman. He is a Life Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, a Life Member of Quail Unlimited, Inc., a Sustaining Member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri, a Diamond Sponsor of the National Wild Turkey Federation and a Life Member of Safari Club International.

Barry Orscheln

Wm. L. (Barry) Orscheln, Columbia, Vice Chair/Secretary

(Republican – term expires July 1, 2023) 

William L. (Barry) Orscheln is the Chairman and CEO of Orscheln Industries, a privately-owned, third generation business organization, headquartered in Moberly, Missouri.

Steven D. Harrison

Steven D. Harrison, Rolla, Member

Independent – term expires July 1, 2025

Dr. Steven D. Harrison has lived an active outdoor life and enjoys a variety of hunting, fishing and trapping experiences. He works to provide good habitat on his property and has a passion for helping the next generation learn to hunt and fish.

Mark L. McHenry

Mark L. McHenry, Kansas City, Member

Independent – term expires July 1, 2025

Mark L. McHenry grew up in central Iowa and spent many summers as a child roaming outdoors, which directly resulted in an entire career revolving around nature and conservation. He has over 44 years of experience in the Parks and Recreation field, retiring from the City of Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department, where he served as Director from 2003-2018.

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