Tim Banek Originally from South Dakota, Tim received a BA in Biology from Augustana College Sioux Falls, SD and a MS in Biology from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. He began his career with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in northeast Oklahoma. In 1986, he accepted a position with the Missouri Department of Conservation and worked in southwest Missouri as a Fisheries Management Specialist and Fisheries Management Biologist for 22 years. Tim has a diverse history of successful accomplishments for the Department, including working with private landowners, and conducting close coordination with city municipalities, communities, and several state and federal agencies. Tim developed and implemented unique smallmouth bass regulations on Elk River that has improved the fishery in that stream. He also led the effort to improve walleye management in Missouri and showed that stocking high priority lakes with walleye fingerlings significantly improved walleye fishing. Tim is a member of the Missouri Chapter of American Fisheries and the Wildlife societies and represented the Department on the North Central AFS Walleye Technical Committee for 15 years. Tim has presented papers at several professional meetings and has organized and conducted interagency and public meetings.
In February 2008, Tim accepted MDC’s first 1-year leadership training position to serve as Invasive Species Coordinator in central office. The leadership training position was extended and his promotion was made permanent with the Conservation Commission’s approval of the vacancy management plan in October, 2009. He is enjoying the diversity of his responsibilities and the challenges related to invasive species. A few of Tim’s accomplishments as Invasive Species Coordinator include editing and working to get Missouri’s Aquatic Nuisance Species Plan submitted through the Governor’s office, approved by the ANS Task Force and to administer the annual federal grant to implement the plan. Tim also had a major role in using bioagent insects in Missouri to combat the noxious spotted knapweed. Long term bioagent evaluations are currently being conducted on Department areas in southern Missouri. He also continues to provide training and workshop opportunities for staff and produces invasive species materials to help educate Missouri citizens about invasive species