KAHOKA, Mo.— The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. A draft management plan for Fox Valley Lake Conservation Area is available for public review through Oct. 31. To preview this draft management plan and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.
Fox Valley Lake Conservation Area contains 2,159 acres of forest, woodland, old field, open land, lakes, ponds, grassland, and wetland habitat in Clark County. MDC manages this area for turkey, deer, quail, and associated non-game species, while offering the public compatible outdoor recreational opportunities. The area includes an unmanned rifle and archery range, a concrete boat ramp, an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible dock, a picnic pavilion and campground with six gravel pads, and four fishing ponds available for public use.
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.