JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments. The Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area in northern Jefferson County is among the areas under review.
MDC is inviting public comment regarding The Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area to aid staff in developing a 10-year management plan for the area. Interested persons or groups—including recreational users, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected officials and government agencies—are invited to view the proposed management plan online at mdc.mo.gov/areaplans. The plan includes a link for supplying comments and input.
The plan will remain available for public comment during the entire month of April. The public comment period for the Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area plan will close April 30.
The Myron and Sonya Glassberg Family Conservation Area may be reached by travelling south on Route W from I-44 in Eureka, then going 4.3 miles west on Route FF. The area parking lot is on the north side (right) of the road approximately 0.4 mile past the intersection of John McKeever Road and Route FF.
This area is mostly forested with scattered old fields, limestone, sandstone, and dolimite outcroppings, scenic views of the Meramec River Valley, intermittent streams and a three acre fishing lake. A series of old roads provides a trail system of 1.5 miles and an additional hiking trail (0.5 mile) surrounds the fishing lake. A monument recognizing the donation from the Glassberg family is located near the parking lot on the main entrance trail to the area.
Conservation area management plans focus on natural resource management and public use on conservation areas. The plans do not address regulations on hunting, fishing and other area uses, which are set by the Conservation Commission and enforced under the Wildlife Code of Missouri. MDC will consider all ideas received and will work to balance the issues and interests identified with the responsibility of managing areas for the present and future benefits to forest, fish, wildlife, and people.
Decisions on which ideas to incorporate into area plans and on how to best incorporate them will be based on the property’s purpose, its physical and biological conditions and capabilities, the best roles of the property in its local, regional and state-wide context, and on the professional expertise of MDC staff.
MDC conservation areas cover almost one million public acres for the purpose of restoring and conserving forest, fish and wildlife resources, and for providing opportunities for all citizens to use, enjoy and learn about these resources. Most Missourians are within a 30-minute drive of an MDC conservation area.