MDC is in the multi-year process of updating management plans for conservation areas and invites public comments. The Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park and Possum Woods Conservation Area in St. Louis County are among the areas under review.
MDC is inviting public comment regarding Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park and Possum Woods Conservation Area to aid staff in developing a 10-year management plan. Interested persons or groups—including recreational users, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected officials and government agencies—are invited to view the proposed management plan 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 August. The public comment period for the Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park and Possum Woods Conservation Area plan will close August 31, 2014.
To reach Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park and Possum Woods Conservation Area take the Watson Road exit off I-44 and then turn north on Geyer Road. Go 200 yards to Cragwold Road and turn west, travel 1 mile to Stoneywood, then south (left) to the area entrance.
Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park and the adjacent Possum Woods Conservation Area provide 134 acres of natural area for Kirkwood residents to enjoy. The nature park provides expanded interpretive and recreational opportunities in a riverine environment. Visitors can traverse through diverse natural communities, such as dolomite glades and woodlands, and riverfront forests.
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 the area plan 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 in conjunction with the City of Kirkwood Park Board.
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.