The Missouri Department of Conservation  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. A draft plan for the Poosey Conservation Area in northwest Livingston County in northwest Missouri will be available for public comment from June 1 through June 30.

To preview draft management plans and share comments online,

Poosey Conservation Area offers 5,863 acres for hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities. The area has four lakes including the 192-acre Indian Creek Lake, which includes a fishing dock, parking lot, fish cleaning station and restroom that are all disabled accessible. Wildlife habitat on the area includes forest, woodland, restored native grasslands, old fields and crop fields. Primitive campgrounds, a shooting range and equestrian trails are available

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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.

MDC Director Bob Ziehmer says, “Missourians care about conservation and use conservation areas for many different reasons,” and that  “These areas help people discover nature through various activities, and help make Missouri a great place to hunt, fish, and enjoy other outdoor activities. We want to know how conservation areas are important to Missourians. Encouraging public comments on Conservation Area Management Plans is part of MDC’s ongoing efforts of working for and with Missourians to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.”

Listen to KMZU’s Nathan Stuedle talk with Phil Sneed, Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Forester, out of Livingston County about the public comment period and the plan that has been established for the Poosey Conservation Area.