Bobby Lyness is a wildlife services contractor who has worked for more than 30 years controlling invasive plants and performing other management services on thousands of acres for the Missouri Department of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, and the Missouri Prairie Foundation, among other clients. Lyness is careful to target control efforts to invasive plants only in order to avoid any negative impacts to native flora, and he works hard to train his personnel. Bobby has established a 60-acre prairie planting on his farm, and his observations of its plant species compliment his professional work. Lyness’s pleasant and flexible nature, and his depth of knowledge, work ethic, and dedication are critically important to statewide prairie conservation efforts overall.