Friday, December 4, 2015

Get your chance to comment on management of Missouri Conservation Areas - December Edition

The Missouri Department of Conservation is in the process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments. To view management plans and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.  
The following draft Conservation Area Management Plans are available for public comment from December 1-31, 2015.

Kansas City Region

Four Rivers Conservation Area Management Plan - August A. Busch Jr. Memorial Wetlands at Four Rivers Conservation Area is 13,929 acres of wetlands, bottomland forest, woodland, grassland, cropland, old fields, savanna, lakes, ponds, and strip pits. Popular activities at this area include hunting, bird watching, photography, and wildlife viewing.
St. Clair County River Accesses Management Plan - This plan includes Birdsong Conservation Area, Blackjack Access, and Kings Prairie Access.

Northeast Region

Mineral Hills Conservation Area Management Plan - Mineral Hills Conservation Area is 1,989 acres of forest, woodland, old field, crop, infrastructure, and ponds. This area includes 5 parking lots, 7 limited mobility hunter access sites, and 4 fishing lakes; 2 of the lakes are equipped with a table and footstop for ADA use.

Southeast Region

St. Mary Access Management Plan - This area offers 1 concrete boat ramp to Old River channel and 2 parking lots.
Horton Farm Conservation Area Management Plan - Horton Farm Conservation Area is 640 acres of forest, woodland, open land, glade, and ponds. Management emphasis for this area is focused on upland game species such as whitetail deer, eastern wild turkey, and bobwhite quail.
Tywappity Community Lake and Towersite Management Plan - This management plan includes Tywappity Community Lake and Tywappity Towersite. Tywappity Community Lake offers a concrete boat ramp and 2 ADA accessible docks on a 37 acre lake. It also features a 2.5 mile hiking trail around the lake.

Southwest Region

McDonald County River Accesses Management Plan- McDonald County River Accesses includes Cowskin Access, Deep Ford Access, and Mount Shira Access.
Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area (Idea Gathering Stage) - Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area is 2700 acres of forest, woodland, old field, and glade. This area is heavily used by campers, horseback riders, hikers, and mountain bike users. Facilities at this area include a shooting range, 2 multi-use trails, 2 picnic tables, 4 parking lots, and 8 individual campsites. Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area is accepting public comments prior to the development of its area management plan.

St. Louis Region

Prairie Slough Conservation Area Management Plan - Prairie Slough Conservation Area is 584 acres of forest, wetland, and slough. This area is managed for high quality bottomland forest and wetland communities.
Take a look at management plans and share your thoughts online at mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.
Thank you for your interest in the management of your Conservation Areas! 

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