Gary is a forester and manager of the MDC Rocky Creek Conservation Area located in Shannon County, Missouri. Covering almost 40,000 acres, including forests, woodlands, and glades, his goal is to restore and improve wildlife habitat through natural community management activities that invites public use. As a land manager, Gary has also been involved in extensive restoration projects on his farm. Projects completed include thinning invading cedars and undesirable hardwoods from glades and woodlands, as well as timber stand improvement in forests. Nearly two miles of permanent fire lines have been constructed in conjunction with a rotational prescribed fire program. At home, Gary likes being outside, close to nature and our Creator, spending time with family and friends, and riding his KTM motorcycles.