MDC seeks ideas about future management of Keysville Towersite Conservation Area

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STEELVILLE, 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. Keysville Towersite in Crawford County, six miles south of Steelville, is among the areas under review. 

MDC is inviting public comment regarding Keysville Towersite 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 by going to  The plan includes a link for supplying comments and input.

The plan will remain available for public comment during the month of March.  The public comment period for the Keysville Towersite plan will close March 31.

The 80-acre Keysville Towersite is mostly forested. The tract was originally purchased by MDC in 1947 to help with the detection and suppression of wildfires and a fire tower still remains on the area. The current management goal is to maintain healthy forests and woodlands surrounding the tower. Deer hunting by archery methods is allowed.  Keysville Towersite may be reached by taking Highway 8 to the AA Exit south at Steelville, then going east on Fire Tower Road.

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.