What is a priority geography?
Priority geographies are key landscapes in Missouri that hold high potential for conserving our state’s diverse habitats and the plants and animals that depend on them.
Within these areas, MDC biologists, partner organizations, and private landowners work together to make the landscape healthier and more profitable. The end results will be a boon for fish, forests, and wildlife and will increase recreational opportunities, aesthetics, and the economic value of private property.
MDC has designated nine priority geographies. These landscapes are now receiving focused attention for habitat enhancement. Each of the nine areas includes varying amounts of privately owned and public lands, and contains one or more MDC-managed conservation areas. More priority geographies may be added as time and funding allow. Explore this section for details about each of the current priority geographies.