MDC seeks public input for Chloe Lowry Marsh area plan

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Princeton, 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. Draft plans for the Chloe Lowry Marsh Natural Area in Gentry County will be available for public comment in July.

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MDC’s 115-acre Chloe Lowry Marsh Natural Area northwest of Princeton conserves a rare remnant of freshwater marsh and wet-mesic bottomland prairie. Such prairie wetlands were once common but now are rarely found due to land use changes. Birders and naturalists will enjoy the area for unusual wildlife from migrating shorebirds to northern leopard frogs. The area also has diverse wildflowers and native grasses. Hunting is permitted.

Statewide, 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.

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.