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Conservation Area Plans Open for Comment

Do you have ideas about how your conservation areas are managed? We’d like to hear them.

New plans posted monthly

As conservation area management plans become available, we will post them for a month-long comment period.

Plans are posted below and listed by region of the state. Please review a plan and leave comments by following the link in the plan.

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Central

This conservation area includes 1,435 acres of woodland, forest, glade and fen habitats. Two primitive campsites, 12 fishless ponds and 12 miles of multiuse (hike/bike/horse) trails are available for public use and enjoyment.

Northwest

This conservation area includes 2,307 acres of woodland, forest and grassland habitats. The area is managed to benefit game and non-game species; and provides public recreational opportunities at six primitive campsites, one shooting range, 4 miles of multiuse (hike/bike/horse) trails, 12.5 miles of hikeable service roads, 10 fishless ponds and three fishable ponds.

Ozark

This conservation area includes 5,661 acres of forest, woodland, cropland, grassland, wetland, glade, savanna and stream frontage. It is managed for healthy wildlife habitat, open lands, protection of Spring's End Natural Area, sport fisheries in the Meramac River and Dry Fork Creek and riparian corridors. The area includes more than 32 miles of access roads and trails, one boat ramp (to the Meramec River), 24 fishless ponds and five fishable ponds.

This conservation area includes 380 acres of forest, woodland, grassland and stream frontage. It is managed for natural community enhancement, deer and other game habitats and the protection of the Gasconade River watershed and karst features. The area includes a concrete boat ramp, two primitive campsites and picnic tables and grills.

This conservation area includes 1,534 acres of woodland, forest, grassland and stream frontage. It is managed for natural community enhancement, quail and other small game species, the protection of Parks Creek Watershed and karst features. The area includes two primitive campsites, picnic tables and grills, and three fishless ponds for public use and enjoyment.

This plan includes both Gist Ranch Conservation Area (11,240 acres) and Midvale Conservation Area (80 acres). These areas were acquired to protect the upper portion of the Jack's Fork River watershed and to create public recreational opportunities. The area includes forest, grassland and glade habitats; 25 fishless ponds, two fishing ponds, four primitive campsites and a shooting range for public use and enjoyment.

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Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

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