Public invited to share ideas about future management of August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area

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St. Charles, 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.

The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles County is among the areas under review. MDC is inviting public comment at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area to aid staff in developing a 10-year management plan for the area.

Interested persons or groups—including recreational users, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected officials and government agencies—are invited to view the proposed management plan at The plan includes a link for supplying comments and input.

The plan will remain available for public comment during the entire month of May. The public comment period for the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area plan will close May 31.

The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area was purchased by MDC in 1947 from the federal government. Mrs. August A. Busch, Sr. donated $70,000 of the cost toward the purchase of the area as a memorial to her late husband. This 6,987-acre area contains 3,000 acres of forest in addition to grassland, cropland, old fields, prairie and wetlands. Facilities and features include boat rentals, picnic areas and a pavilion, hiking trails, fishing jetties, fishing docks, staffed firearms range, archery range, viewing blinds, and a visitor center. The area also has 28 fishable lakes and ponds totaling 550 acres.

To reach the entrance to the area travel south on Highway 94 from I-64, then 2 miles west on Route D.

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.

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.