Frank Johnson

Frank has a diverse background in natural resource conservation. He received his Bachelor of Science
degree in biology, geology, and education from Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU) in
Springfield, Missouri and Western Washington State University in Bellingham, Washington.. After
serving time in the Army, Frank headed to Idaho and Montana to work for the US Forest Service on fire
crews. A native of Missouri, he then returned home to Greenfield where taught high school science for
27 years. His passion for the environment inspired many students, where he instilled a sense of natural
resource stewardship by engaging his biology and chemistry students with water quality monitoring as
part of the Missouri Stream Teams statewide efforts. He has camped, backpacked and canoed all over
the Ozarks, especially enjoying the Buffalo River. Frank’s extensive boots on the ground experience in
the conservation field will bring to ORLT an understanding of both the bigger picture of national
conservation and a viewpoint from a rural farming perspective. Now retired, Frank enjoys time on his
100 acre farm restoring small prairie patches, tending an acre of Norton grapes, raising grass fed beef,
and being involved with the Missouri Prairie Foundation and  MDC sponsored Master Naturalists.