MDC seeks public input on Busiek Area management plan

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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 Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area.

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

The Busiek 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 Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area is located on U.S. 65 in southern Christian County. The landscape is primarily forest, with intermittent woodland, glades and old fields. The area is crossed by a permanent stream (Woods Fork) and an intermittent stream (Camp Creek).

Busiek offers hunting opportunities and a variety of other recreational uses. A well-marked trail system provides approximately 18 miles of trails for use by hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders. Primitive camping is allowed only with a permit that can be obtained from the MDC Southwest Regional Office in Springfield. The area also features an unstaffed shooting range.