Area Plans - View & Comment

New plans posted monthly

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

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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DRAFT Central Region Towersites Management Plan

These areas provide the Missouri Department of Conservation a means for detecting wildfires and allow the public limited access for hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities. Towersites included in this plan are Branch Towersite, Camdenton Conservation Service Center, Freeburg Towersite, Proctor Towersite, and Rocky Mount Towersite.

DRAFT Marshall I. Diggs Conservation Area Management Plan

Marshall I. Diggs Conservation Area is 1,014 acres of forest, woodland, native prairie, open land, old field, lake/ponds, and grassland in Audrain and Montgomery Counties. This area is managed with an emphasis on woodland and grassland natural community restoration and compatible recreational opportunities. Marshall Diggs CA offers one pavilion, two fishing lakes, two ADA accessible concrete boat ramps, and a camping area for public use.

DRAFT Ben Branch Lake Conservation Area Management Plan

Ben Branch Lake Conservation Area is 563 acres of woodland, upland forest, old fields, impounded water, forest, and open land in Osage County. This area is managed for restoration and maintenance of natural communities, habitat for wildlife populations, and compatible recreational opportunities. Ben Branch Lake CA offers a concrete boat ramp, a primitive campground, and an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible fishing jetty/platform for public use.

DRAFT Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area Management Plan

Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area is 4,429 acres of wetland, forest, open land, old field, open water, and grassland in Boone County. This area provides the public with diverse outdoor recreational opportunities, with an emphasis on providing quality waterfowl hunting, superior wildlife viewing, and education programs that promote conservation of wetland habitats. Eagle Bluffs CA offers two ADA accessible waterfowl hunting/wildlife viewing blinds, 3.2 miles of hiking trails, and an observation deck for public use.

DRAFT Blue Lick Conservation Area Management Plan

Blue Lick Conservation Area is 390 acres of forest, grassland, wetland, old fields, and open land in Saline County. This area is managed for natural communities with wetlands, old fields, grassland, forest, and riparian corridors. Blue Lick CA provides users with hunting, river fishing, and other compatible outdoor recreation opportunities.

Kansas City

DRAFT St. Clair County Glades Management Plan

These areas are managed to preserve a diversity of plants in glade, savanna, and woodland habitats while providing opportunities for the public to enjoy these unique areas. Areas included in the plan are Dave Rock Conservation Area and Lichen Glade Conservation Area.


DRAFT Sugar Creek & Montgomery Woods Conservation Areas Management Plan

This plan includes both Sugar Creek Conservation Area (2,603 acres) and Montgomery Woods Conservation Area (348 acres) in Adair and Macon Counties. These areas are managed to provide for multiple public uses and for conserving and managing the area’s natural resources. Sugar Creek Conservation Area offers a 10-mile multi-use trail (hiking/biking/horseback riding), 2-mile hiking trail, an unstaffed shooting range, and two fishing ponds for public use.


DRAFT Sterling Price Community Lake Management Plan

Sterling Price Community Lake is 84 acres of forest, woodland, open water, and grassland in Chariton County. This area is managed to protect and enhance the area’s natural resources while providing compatible outdoor recreation opportunities. There is one gravel boat ramp and seven fishing jetties available for public use.

DRAFT Belcher Branch Lake Conservation Area Management Plan

Belcher Branch Lake Conservation Area is 405 acres of grassland, forest, woodland, old field, lakes/ponds, and open land in Buchanan County. This area is managed to provide the public with fishing and hunting opportunities. There is one concrete boat ramp, one ADA accessible floating courtesy dock, and two ADA accessible fishing piers for public use.


DRAFT Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area Management Plan

Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area is 2,701 acres of woodland, upland forest, glades, and old field in Christian County. Management of this area focuses on forest, woodland, and glade natural communities and the species they support. This area features one unstaffed shooting range, eight designated campsites, and 18 miles of multi-use (hike/bike/horse) trails for public use.

St. Louis

DRAFT Franklin County River Accesses Management Plan

These areas are managed to provide public fishing access to the Meramec River, Boeuf Creek and Bourbeuse River for boat and bank anglers. Accesses included in the plan are Colter’s Landing Access, Mayers Landing Access, Redhorse Access, Reiker Ford Access, and Union Access.

DRAFT Merrill Horse Access Management Plan

Merrill Horse Access is 74 acres of woodland and bottomland forest in Jefferson County. Management for this area centers on providing bank and boat access to the Big River while protecting stream bank integrity. This area offers one concrete boat ramp.

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