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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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Ozark

Sims Valley Community Lake includes 107 acres that are managed to provide quality fishing opportunities and to conserve the area's natural resources. The area provides a boat ramp, fishing jetty, parking lots, picnic tables, privy and 41-acre Sims Valley Community Lake that are available for public use.

Barn Hollow Natural Area includes 252 acres that are managed to protect the area's natural communities, including Ozark headwater streams, gravel washes, upland forests/woodlands, dolomite bluffs/cliffs and caves. The area also includes a parking lot, viewing platform 0.5-mile hiking trail and two fishless ponds that are available for public use.

Grundy Memorial Wildlife Area includes 40 acres that are managed for multiple resource uses with an emphasis on the forest, associated species, wildlife and compatible recreational opportunities. The area includes one parking lot, 33 archery targets, one shooting tower, picnic tables, grills and one fishless pond that are available for public use.

Peter A. Eck Conservation Area includes 371 acres that are managed to maintain and enhance the area's natural communities, including one of the largest stands of old-growth shortleaf pine/oak woodland; and to maintain watershed integrity. The area also includes a parking lot and 1-mile hiking trail (Eck Trail) for public recreational use.

Buttin Rock Access includes 9.68 acres that are managed to provide a safe and inviting public access to the Jacks Fork River for fishing, canoeing, tubing and other recreational opportunities.

Southwest

Coffin Cave Conservation Area includes 68 acres that are managed to protect cave habitat and species of conservation concern. The area is also managed for healthy, sustainable forest, woodland and glade natural communities.

St. Louis

Little Indian Creek Conservation Area includes 3,939 acres that are managed for wildlife, forest and aquatic resources and compatible recreational opportunities. The area also includes seven parking lots, primitive campground (with 12 camping spots), privies, unstaffed shooting range, shotgun range, 12.1-mile hike/bike/horse trail, foot bridges, fishing pond and 14 wildlife watering holes that are available for public use.

Little Lost Creek Conservation Area includes 2,899 acres that are managed to create and maintain a healthy, diverse and sustainable mosaic of forest, woodland and glade communities that provide habitat to a wide variety of plants and animals; provide a wide variety of high quality recreational opportunities for the public; and maintain high quality infrastructure and resources that make these recreational opportunities possible.

The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area includes 4,318 acres that are managed to enhance and restore its large river ecosystem and associated mosaic of bottomland habitats; while providing high quality, compatible public recreational activities and public educational and interpretive opportunities.

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

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