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MDC foresters begin new duties in Ozarks

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Helping landowners with conservation needs will be the primary duties of Cody Bailey and Guerric Good, two new Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) resource foresters who will work in the southwest part of the state.

Bailey, who began his job Jan. 16, will work out of MDC’s Cassville Office. He replaces Adam Bale, who is now district forester at MDC’s Neosho Office. Bailey will work with landowners in Barry, Lawrence and a portion of McDonald counties. He will also assist with the management of 13 MDC-owned lands. He can be contacted at 417-847-5949 or at

Guerric Good

Guerric Good

Cody Bailey

Cody Bailey

Prior to coming to Cassville, Bailey was a resource forester assistant at MDC’s Sullivan Office. Before that, the Taylorville, Ill. native and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale graduate held forestry jobs in Illinois and Mississippi.

“I am very excited to begin helping landowners and to explore all the new MDC areas that I will be working with,” he said.

Good will work out of MDC’s Bolivar Office and will start his job Feb. 1. He will work with landowners in Polk, Cedar, Dade and a portion of Hickory counties. Also included in his duties will be assisting with the management of nine MDC areas in Polk, Dade and northern Greene counties. He replaces Brice Kelso, who transferred as resource forester to MDC’s Northeast Regional Office in Kirksville. Good can be contacted at 417-326-5189 or at

Good, a graduate of Ball State University, is planning to complete his master’s degree program this spring from the University of Missouri. He has performed forestry work previously in Indiana and Montana.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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