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.

regions mapWe will consider your input during the process of finalizing the plans.

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Kansas City

St. Clair County River Accesses includes Birdsong Conservation Area, Blackjack Access, and Kings Prairie Access.

August A. Busch Jr. Memorial Wetlands at Four Rivers is 13,929 acres of wetlands, bottomland forest, woodland, grassland, cropland, old fields, savanna, lakes, ponds, and strip pits. Popular activities at this area include hunting, bird watching, photography, and wildlife viewing.


Mineral Hills Conservation Area is 1,989 acres of forest, woodland, old field, crop, infrastructure, and ponds. This area includes 5 parking lots, 7 limited mobility hunter access sites, and 4 fishing lakes; 2 of the lakes are equipped with a table and footstop for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) use.


Horton Farm Conservation Area is 640 acres of forest, woodland, open land, glade, and ponds. Management emphasis for this area is focused on upland game species such as whitetail deer, eastern wild turkey, and bobwhite quail. This area offers 1 parking lot, 2 stocked ponds, and 1 wildlife water hole for public use.

This management plan includes Tywappity Community Lake and Tywappity Towersite. Tywappity Community Lake offers a concrete ramp, 2 ADA accessible docks, and 2.5 miles of hiking trails.

St. Mary Access is 5 acres of riverfront forest and parking lot infrastructure. This area offers 1 concrete boat ramp to Old River channel and 2 parking lots.


McDonald County River Accesses includes Cowskin Access, Deep Ford Access, and Mount Shira Access. Cowskin Access has a concrete ramp for public use. Deep Ford Access and Mount Shira Access offer gravel bar access.

St. Louis

Prairie Slough Conservation Area is 584 acres of forest, wetland, and slough. This area is managed for high quality bottomland forest and wetland communities. This conservation area offers 4 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible parking lots, a boat ramp, an ADA accessible privy, and 2 fishing ponds.

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

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