2019 Chapter in the News

Congratulations, Kelly!!

Kelly McGowan, Field Specialist in Horticulture with the University of Missouri Extension, was honored with the MAEP (Missouri Agricultural Extension Professionals) Achievement Award at the 2019 MU Extension Summit. This award is for association members with 10 years or less of service and is voted on by colleagues state wide. The award comes with a scholarship to attend the NACAA 2020 national meeting in Virginia Beach

Choose Environmental Excellent Recognition Goes to Our Own Barbara Lucks!


The Springfield Plateau Missouri Master Naturalist Chapter recognized the outstanding contributions of individuals toward conservation of the natural environment. The Chapter, annually, contributes around 7,000 volunteer hours to local conservation and environmental educational and service projects.  Charles Burwick, Chapter President-elect and founding member presented the award to Barbara Lucks. Barbara is also a founding member of the Chapter, currently serves as Treasurer and records/reports the Chapter members’ hours.  She has personally contributed over 2,000 hours since the start of the Chapter in 2006.  Her professional and her community service resumes are long and impressive, including being Springfield’s first Sustainability Officer during her 22+ year career at the City. She holds a certification from the International Society of Sustainability Professionals’ inaugural class and was recently re-certified. She remains involved in a number of local and state-level boards and committees championing environmental quality. She even initiated and has continually coordinated this annual Choose Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony. Currently, she chairs the Environmental Collaborative and the Council of Collaboratives for the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, as well as serving on the CPO Board. She is a founding member of Ozarks Clean Air Alliance. She is a member of the MSU Sustainability Advisory Committee, chairing the Planning and Administration Subcommittee. She serves as the Vice Chair of the state Solid Waste Advisory Board, and as the chair of Ozarks Headwater Recycling and Materials Management District Advisory Council. In the past, her leadership positions have included Vice President of Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce; Chair of Springfield Park Board, including the task force recommending the ultimate merging of City and Greene County Park Boards; Chair of the Parks, Open Space and  Greenways Focus Group of Vision 20/20; Chair of the Green Building Task  Force, Board member and Treasurer of Ozark Greenways, Inc. and others. The Chapter applauds her commitment to sustainability and many other meaningful leadership roles in our community.  It is an honor for the Springfield Plateau Master Naturalists to recognize Barbara Lucks as our 2019 Choose Environmental Excellence award recipient.