Wednesday, March 2, 2016

MDC seeks input on management of Three Creeks Conservation Area

Public comment period runs through March 31.
COLUMBIA, Mo.— The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. Currently, the Department requests input on Three Creeks Conservation Area in Boone County.  
MDC invites the public to provide comments about the area to aid staff in developing a 10-year management plan for the property. Interested persons or groups— including recreational users, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected officials and government agencies—can share ideas online from March 1-31 at mdc.mo.gov/areaplans
“Missourians care about conservation and use conservation areas for many different reasons,” said MDC Director Bob Ziehmer. “These areas help people discover nature through various activities and help make Missouri a great place to hunt, fish and enjoy outdoor activities. We want to know how conservation areas are important to Missourians. Encouraging public comments on Conservation Area Management Plans is part of MDC’s ongoing efforts of working for and with Missourians to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.”
MDC staff will review comments as they develop a draft management plan for Three Creeks Conservation Area. Decisions on which ideas to incorporate into area plans and on how to best incorporate them will be based on the property’s purpose, its physical and biological conditions and capabilities, the best roles of the property in its local, regional and statewide context, and on the professional expertise of MDC staff.
Upon completion of a draft management plan, MDC will post it online at mdc.mo.gov/areaplans for additional public comment.  After considering all public comments, the final plan will be drafted, approved, and posted online.
Three Creeks Conservation Area occupies 1501 acres just south of Columbia off of Highway 63.  Visitors can explore the rugged forest featuring scenic bluffs, intermittent streams, geologic formations, and old eastern red cedar trees.  Three creeks flow into each other within the conservation area: Turkey Creek, Bass Creek, and Bonne Femme Creek.  Additionally, the area offers bird watching, bicycling, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, outdoor photography, and wildlife viewing for all Missourians to enjoy.  
Three Creeks Conservation Area is open for public use daily, from 4 a.m. -- 10 p.m., except for authorized camping, fishing, and hunting activities.