MDC invites public input for future management of Weldon Spring Conservation Area

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WELDON SPRING, 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. Weldon Spring Conservation Area north of Sullivan in St. Charles County is among the areas under review. 

MDC is inviting public comment regarding Weldon Spring 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 Weldon Spring Conservation Area plan will close Sept. 30.

Weldon Spring Conservation Area is mostly forested with pasture, cropland, and some wetlands and glades. Covering 7,390 acres, it offers boat ramp access to the Missouri River, hiking trails, and 51 acres of fishable lakes and ponds. The Weldon Spring Hollow Natural Area is also located there and features 385 acres of upland and bottomland forest, and rugged river breaks topography. Other features include limestone cliffs and bluff escarpments. Katy Trail State Park, a hiking and bicycle trail, passes through the area.

Weldon Spring Conservation Area is accessible from several parking areas along Highway 94, south of Interstate 64.

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.