MDC invites public input for future management of Logan Conservation Area

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Silex, 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 William R. Logan Conservation Area five miles north of Silex is among the areas under review.

MDC is inviting public comment regarding Logan 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 at The plan includes a link for supplying comments and input.

The plan will remain available for public comment during the month of September. The public comment period for the Logan Conservation Area plan will close Sept. 30.

The 1,798-acre area includes 1,417 acres of timber, 350 acres of open fields, 29 acres of lakes/ponds, and a creek. The rolling topography of the area represents a transition zone between Mississippi River hills and upland prairie. Timber on the area varies from bottomland hardwoods to typical upland oak-hickory species. The area also features an unstaffed rifle/handgun/shotgun shooting range and a 4.2 mile hiking and biking trail.

From Troy, the William R. Logan Conservation Area may be reached by taking Highway 61 north 10 miles, then Route E west 0.25 mile, and Route RA north 3 miles to the largest tract. The smaller western tract is north of Silex on Route UU, then west on County Road 248.

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.