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.

We will consider your input during the process of finalizing the plans.

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Ranacker Conservation Area contains 1,831 acres of mostly forested land in Pike County. Peno Creek traverses the northern portion of the area, providing over a mile of stream frontage. This area is managed to encourage healthy populations of deer, turkey, small game, non-game and fish species and compatible recreational opportunities. It also contains a shooting range with 25, 50 and 100 yard targets.


Lake Paho Conservation Area provides a place for area residents to fish and hunt. This 2,350 acre conservation area provides habitat for grassland and open woodland wildlife species. It also provides public use of a fishing jetty, 273-acre lake, 14 fishable ponds, primitive campgrounds and nearly 6 miles of field access trails.


The Shoal Creek Accesses provide public fishing access to Shoal Creek for boat and bank anglers. This management plan includes Smack-Out, Cherry Corner, Allen Bridge, Lime Kiln and Wildcat Accesses.

St. Louis

Emmenegger Nature Park and Possum Woods Conservation Area provides 134 acres of natural area for Kirkwood residents to enjoy. The nature park provides expanded interpretive and recreational opportunites in a riverine environment. Visitors can traverse through diverse natural communities, such as dolomite glades and woodlands, and riverfront forests.

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Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.