NEWARK, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans and is seeking public input on how conservation areas are important to Missourians. A draft management plan for MDC’s Henry Sever Lake Conservation Area is available for public review through Dec. 31. To preview this draft management plan and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.
Henry Sever Lake Conservation Area contains 1,248 acres of gently rolling upland forest, woodlands, and remnant native prairie. The area also includes the 158-acre Henry Sever Lake, which is periodically stocked with catfish and is home to one of only two muskellunge populations in northeastern Missouri. The area offers a disabled-accessible fishing dock and privies, an improved campground with gravel pads, fire grates, and privies, a concrete boat ramp, and fishing jetties for anglers.
MDC manages this area to provide diverse habitat for fish and wildlife species, protect soil and water quality, and provide recreational and educational opportunities for the citizens of Missouri.
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 statewide context, and on the professional expertise of MDC staff.