Bois D'Arc Conservation Area seeks input on area plan draft

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Gathering input from the public continues to be a key element in the formation of an updated area management plan for the Bois D’Arc Conservation Area.

This area’s planning process is entering its next phase. From Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will be seeking public comment on a draft version of the Bois D’Arc Area’s 10-year area management plan. The plan is posted at

The Bois D’Arc Conservation Area plan will focus on land and aquatic resource management and how public use can be incorporated into these strategies. MDC will consider all comments received and will work to balance the issues and interests identified with the responsibility of managing the area for the present and future benefits to forest, fish, wildlife and the public.

The 3,172-acre Bois D’Arc Conservation Area is located in western Greene County. The landscape is primarily grassland, old fields and croplands used for wildlife management. The area also has forests and glades. The area includes the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center.

The Bois D’Arc Conservation Area offers hunting opportunities and a variety of other recreational uses, including the five-mile Osage Orange Hiking Trail.