Public input sought for Osage Fork Conservation Area

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LEBANON, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. The Osage Fork Conservation Area in Laclede County is among the areas currently under review.

MDC is inviting the public to provide comments about the Osage Fork Conservation Area to aid staff in developing a 15-year management plan for the popular public use area. Interested persons or groups – including recreational users, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected officials and government agencies – can preview the draft management plan and share comments online Dec. 1-31 at

MDC staff will review comments as they finalize a management plan for the Osage Fork Conservation Area. Decisions on which ideas to incorporate into area plans and on how best to incorporate them will be based on the property’s purpose, it’s 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.

The 280-acre Osage Fork Conservation Area is located approximately five miles south of Lebanon on Laclede County Highway C. Most of the area is forested. The area features an unstaffed static archery range.

The area offers deer, turkey and small game hunting opportunities. Hiking and nature viewing opportunities also exist on the area. Structural features of the area consist of two parking lots, a pavilion and a privy.