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Department of Conservation Appoints New Deputy Director of Resource Managment

The Missouri Department of Conservation has appointed a new deputy director of resource management. The Department of Conservation named Mike Hubbard as the new deputy director this week.

Hubbard began work at the department in 1999 and will transition from his current position as division chief of the Resource Science division.

"With Mike's strong background in fish, forest and wildlife, including his diverse education and management experience, he will provide strong leadership and strategic thinking as we navigate 21st-century challenges in conservation,” Director Sara Parker Pauley said in a news release.

Hubbard will oversee the Forestry, Fisheries, Wildlife protection, Private Land Services and Resource Science divisions in his new position.

Hubbard says that the first hurdle is deciding which areas and projects to focus on.

“Well, the reality is that we’ve got a lot of infrastructure, we’ve got a lot of areas across our state. We need to look at how we, not just do good conservation, but how we deliver the highest priorities.”

Hubbard will assume the role of deputy director June 1 when Deputy Director Tom Draper retires.

Noah Taborda is a Sports Broadcasting Journalism major who hopped on the short flight from Chicago to hone his trade at the University of Missouri. He hopes to cover a meaningful moment or two in his future career.