MCHF Board Announces Chris Vitello as Executive Director At its meeting on August 8, 2013, the Board unanimously approved the appointment of Chris Vitello as the next MCHF Executive Director. Vitello will assume duties on September 1, 2013. <Read More>
MCHF Board Approves $23,975 in Partnership Grants Nine Partnership Grants were approved at August 8, 2013 MCHF Board meeting. <see listing>
Rick Thom Retires from MCHF after Six Years
Rick Thom announced his retirement from MCHF, effective June 30, 2013. <See Details>
MCHF Funds $37,000 in Partnership Grants
At its Board meeting on February 13, 2013 in Jefferson City, Missouri the MCHF Board approved funding for 10 projects for the Missouri Department of Conservation. This funding is made possible through private donations to MCHF and revenue from MCHF Conservation License Plate donations. <read more>
Two new Board members appointed. Carroll Wilkerson and Dr. Wayne Morton joined MCHF Board in February 2013. <see Board Member Listing>
Bennett Spring Fishing/Viewing Platform Dedication
The Bennett Spring Fishing/Viewing platform project is underway and going well. There will actually be two parts to the project – a fishing/ viewing platform directly behind the hatchery building and a disabled-accessible platform directly across on the east side. MCHF is planning a donor thank you and dedication of the platform on Saturday, May 4, 2013 in conjunction with Kids Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. <Construction Progress>
The MCHF Board welcomes new member Chip McGeehan of Marshfield.
Chip McGeehan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries and wildlife management at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He went on to pursue a career in business, but remains dedicated to wildlife management and conservation. He sustainably grazes herds of bison on his 1,000-acre ranch along the James River in Webster County, where he also hosts annual hunting and fishing opportunities. He enjoys bow hunting and angling, and he is very active in the recruitment of youth hunters. He served as a Missouri Conservation Commissioner from 2005 to 2011 and was instrumental in the Department’s elk restoration program. He is a lifetime member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri and serves on the Federation’s board of directors. At its December Board meeting, MCHF recognized outgoing Board member David Murphy (2007-2012). Current Board members are David Reynolds, Springfield-Chairman of the Board; Steve Mowry, Kansas City- President; Steve Bradford, Cape Girardeau-Secretary; Ann Sullins, St. Louis-Vice-President, Jim Carson, Springfield - Treasurer; Dave Erickson, Columbia; Jan Horton, Springfield; Cynthia Metcalfe, St. Louis; Lowell Mohler, Jefferson City; Jim H. Wilson, St. Louis; Bob Ziehmer (Ex Officio); Don C. Bedell (Ex Officio).