Share Your Ideas about Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area

Staff at the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area are beginning to develop an area management plan for the next 10 years. We welcome your comments!

This 4,431 acre wetland conservation area is in Boone County at the southwest edge of Columbia, near McBaine. The area's 17 wetland pools allow the flooding of 1,100 acres of moist soil marshes, emergent marshes, and crop fields. These marshes provide year-round habitat for migrating and wintering birds and permanent wildlife and excellent wildlife viewing 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. Conservation areas are different than state or local parks that may place a greater emphasis on team sports, recreational activities, or social gatherings.

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 Eagle Bluffs Area Management Plan later this 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 the Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area.

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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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