Share Your Ideas about Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area

Employees at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area are beginning to develop an area management plan for the next 10 years. We welcome your comments!

This 2,500-acre forested area located between Springfield and Branson features multiple recreation use opportunities. A trail system provides 18 miles of trails for use by hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders. Camping is permitted with a permit - available through the Springfield Regional office. There is also an unstaffed firearms shooting range and hunting opportunities.

It is one of nearly 1,000 conservation areas owned or managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Conservation areas support the Department's mission by offering places to restore and conserve fish, forest, and wildlife resources, and providing opportunity for all citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about these resources.

What's a Conservation Area Management Plan?

These plans document strategies for natural resource management and public use on conservation areas. Conservation area plans also help communicate an area's purpose and management direction to staff and interested citizens. Area management plans serve as a management plan for the property with a focus on terrestrial and aquatic resource management, public use management, and administrative considerations.

Missouri Department of Conservation staff will begin drafting the 10-year Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area Management Plan early next year, which will be available for an additional public comment period in coming months.

Why do you want my ideas now?

This fall, we are working to gather ideas to help inform us when developing our draft area management plan. We would love to hear from visitors who care about and use Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area.

Comment period closes December 31.


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Tell us your ideas about this area. We hope to hear from a broad range of public interests and will listen and consider all ideas. Decisions on which ideas to incorporate into the conservation area plan and on how to best incorporate them will be based on the property’s purpose, its physical and biological conditions and capabilities, available financial and staffing resources, the best role of the property in its local, regional and state-wide context, and on the professional expertise of Department staff.

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