Conservation Lands

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Published on: May. 20, 2010

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State Forests


  • To acquire five forests, each of 2,000 to 3,000 acres, in western and northern Missouri where such public areas are rare.
  • To add five state forests, each of 1,000 to 2,000 acres, within 50 miles or less of urban centers, managed primarily for nature study and interpretation, forest-related recreation and as demonstration areas, rather than for timber.
  • To add 12,000 acres to existing state forests to enhance their public value. Additions might include fields, stream frontage, overlooks or other natural or scenic features, or connecting parcels for better road and trail access development.
  • To acquire 10,000 acres in special tracts with unusual opportunity for reclamation, conservation or preservation. Old coal, barite or clay strip mines exist which can be reclaimed and developed. Flood plain forests, including islands, bluffs, glades and other non-commercial sites would be sought. Within urban areas, small critical watersheds, wildlife or scenic open spaces such as bluffs, ledge rock areas and flood plains would be acquired and protected.
  • Perhaps as much as 300,000 acres would be leased for public management and use, or cost sharing would be available to private landowners who carry out approved forest management practices.

Keeping the Promises of Design:

  • Nearly 66 percent of conservation lands are forested. In all, the Conservation Department manages about 580,000 acres of forest for wildlife habitat, water quality and recreation.
  • The Conservation Department has acquired 22 conservation areas, totaling nearly 68,000 acres, within 50 miles of the state's seven urban centers.
  • Sales tax revenues helped purchase Donaldson Point, Gayoso Bend, Allred Lake and Wilhelmina conservation areas to protect remnant bottomland hardwood forests.
  • A number of tracts with significant forest cover were purchased in north and west Missouri, including Poosey, Union Ridge, Baltimore Bend, Mule Shoe, Riverbreaks and Mineral Hills conservation areas.
  • The Conservation Department has enrolled 534,000 acres of state forest land in the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, which ensures principles and standards that promote improved forest management and harvesting.

Stream Access


  • To acquire about 480 tracts, 5-10 acres in size, on floatable streams. Such access sites would provide controlled public fishing and other water-related recreation opportunities throughout the state, and would assure future availability of stream resources. Development would include necessary roads, parking areas, boat ramps and

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