COLUMBIA, 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 the Department’s Loutre District Accesses is available for public review through Nov. 30. To preview this draft management plan and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.
The draft management plan for Loutre District accesses includes the Hams Prairie Access (28 acres) in Callaway County, Loutre Lick Access (163 acres) in Montgomery County, and the Moores Mill Access (101 acres) in Callaway County. MDC manages these areas to provide public fishing access to the Loutre River and Auxvasse Creek for small boat, wade-angling, and bank-angling, while protecting streambanks from excessive erosion and maintaining healthy riparian corridors.
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.