MDC Assigns New Conservation Agent to Buchanan County

A new conservation agent is working in Buchanan County.

Kelsey Gillenwater is the Missouri Department of Conservation’s new agent patrolling Buchanan County. 

Gillenwater joins the MDC team serving the public and protecting forests, fish, and wildlife resources in northwest Missouri. 

Gillenwater is a St. Joseph native with a degree in wildlife conservation and management from Missouri Western State University.

Gillenwater graduated in October from MDC’s Conservation Agent Training Academy in Jefferson City. 

The new agents received more than 1,200 hours of training in criminal investigations, defensive tactics, firearms qualifications, and technical instruction in fish, forest, and wildlife management. 

Training also included courses in legal studies, communications and conducting education programs, and First Aid/First Responder and CPR certification.

During her college years, she worked part-time for MDC as a Discover Nature—Fishing instructor and helped with other nature or outdoor skills programs.

Gillenwater welcomes calls about concerns or regulations. 

To reach her, call 816-262-3512.