Jason Vaughn Lewis County Missouri Conservation Agent

Conservation Agent Jason Vaughn Joins The Lewis County Scoop

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LEWIS COUNTY, MO – Born and raised in Lewis County, Missouri, Conservation Agent Jason Vaughn is the latest addition to The Lewis County Scoop’s growing team of contributors. Vaughn, known for his extensive work with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and his passion for the outdoors, aims to use his column to make announcements, educate and inspire locals about conservation efforts and outdoor activities.

Growing up in Maywood, Mo as the youngest of five boys, Vaughn’s childhood years were filled with friends and adventure as many days were spent playing, hunting, fishing, and exploring the “back branch” just outside of town. 

After graduating from Highland High School, Vaughn left Lewis County to pursue higher education and a career that initially pointed towards physical education and coaching. However, a summer criminal justice class redirected his path towards law enforcement and conservation, ultimately leading to a six-month tenure at the MDC academy before becoming a Conservation Agent for The Missouri Department of Conservation.

Throughout his career, Vaughn has appreciated the diversity his role offers, from interacting with different groups of outdoor enthusiasts to implementing conservation projects. “The most rewarding aspect of my work,” Vaughn said, “is witnessing the wide range of people enjoying the outdoors, especially the youth.”

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Vaughn’s commitment extends beyond his professional duties. He advocates for community involvement in conservation, encouraging people to engage in simple land management practices or participate in local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on habitat work in Lewis County.

Addressing the challenges facing local wildlife and natural resources, Vaughn pointed to habitat preservation as a critical area. “Almost anytime wildlife populations are low, one of the biggest reasons is lack of or improper habitat,” he explained.

Outside of his conservation work, Vaughn enjoys gardening, canning, and coaching basketball. His outdoor pursuits vary, and in recent years he has developed a particular passion for saltwater fishing during family trips to the Gulf.

Looking to the future, Vaughn hopes to increase opportunities for hunting, fishing, and outdoor enjoyment in Lewis County. He expressed concern over the declining number of hunters and anglers and emphasized the importance of engaging our younger generation in these activities.

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As a columnist for The Lewis County Scoop, Vaughn plans to cover various topics related to outdoor activities and conservation efforts. “I hope to show different outdoor activities and maybe get some people interested in trying new things,” he said.

For young people interested in conservation, Vaughn advises focusing on academic excellence and getting involved with the MDC’s Protection Volunteer Program. He recommends The Sand County Almanac a must for anyone working or interested in Conservation.

Vaughn’s commitment to conservation and his enthusiasm for sharing the wonders of the outdoors with the Lewis Countians not only make him an invaluable member of The Scoop team but also merit our heartfelt thanks, so with that, we are deeply grateful to Jason for his service to Lewis County, for all he does to safeguard our natural resources, and for his efforts to ensure the well-being of our county.

Some of Jason’s personal favorites include seafood boils and the movies “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Hoosiers,” and “A Christmas Story.”

Vaughn resides in rural Lewis County with his wife, Ashleigh, and their three children, Tucker, Ella, and Nora. 

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He encourages readers to reach out with conservation-related inquiries, info or initiatives via phone at 573-822-5178 or email at jason.vaughn@mdc.mo.gov.


Eric Corrick

Editor at the Lewis County Scoop, also serves as its Web Designer and a Columnist.

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