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Published on: May. 20, 2010

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  • To acquire land rights on areas bordering non-floatable streams. Such frontage would provide for nature hiking, wading, bank fishing, natural stream preservation and protection of rare or endangered fish, wildlife and flora as appropriate. Lands could be acquired either by purchase or by easement. Larger blocks of frontage, especially along the larger streams, might be acquired for multiple use areas. Development would be appropriate to the site and its intended use.
  • Keeping the Promises of Design:

    • Since 1977, the Conservation Department has added 290 developed river and stream accesses to add to the 109 existing before Design for Conservation.
    • Many conservation areas have stream or river frontage that allow public access to a waterway but do not have concrete ramps, or parking areas and docks.
    • Every county in the state has at least one stream area.
    • Through Community Assistance Projects or Corporate and Agency Partnership program, the Conservation Department has been able to provide 25 additional accesses in communities on city or county river frontage or on lands belonging to other resource agencies.

    Lake Development


    • To construct and operate 33 small lakes (50-200 acres) to improve the distribution of public lakes throughout the state.
    • To construct and operate 10 large (150 to 300-acre) multiple-use lakes, located near major trafficways to serve metropolitan areas. All lakes would be developed to assure enjoyment of all types of aquatic wildlife compatible with public use.
    • Keeping the Promises of Design:
    • From 1976 to the present, the Conservation Department built or opened access to 530 lakes on 143 public areas in 83 counties.
    • Community Assistance Projects opened up or improved for fishing more than 124 lakes in 64 Missouri municipalities, adding or improving boat ramps and disabled user facilities.
    • Through the Corporate and Agency Partnership Program, the Conservation Department has been able to improve and make available to anglers an additional 70 lakes at 28 areas owned by cooperatives or state and federal agencies.
    • The Conservation Department manages the fisheries in the state's 13 major reservoirs.
    • Under Design for Conservation, the Department has acquired seven access sites on Lake of the Ozarks. (Two are as yet undeveloped.)

    Springs and Spring Branches


    • To acquire by negotiation with cooperating landowners 30 miles of spring-fed streams. This would permit management of these streams for optimum recreational potential.
    • Keeping the Promises of Design:
    • Acquisitions since Design for Conservation now

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