State officials want input on wild places

conservation areasThe Missouri Department of Conservation is asking for public input on how to best use conservation areas.

There are nearly 1,000 such areas statewide and the department is updating management plans for them.

A draft plan for seven conservation areas close to the Kansas City metro area is available for public comment through Feb. 28.

Those areas include Liberty Bend Conservation Area, Lipton Conservation Area, Maple Woods Natural Area, Rush Creek Conservation Area, Saeger Woods Conservation Area, Walnut Woods Conservation Area and White Alloe Creek Conservation Area.

The department owns the areas that cover almost one million acres but manages many in partnership with cities or non-profit groups.

“We want to know how conservation areas are important to Missourians,” said MDC Director Bob Ziehmer. “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.”

The management plans focus on natural resource management and public use and do not deal with regulations on hunting and fishing.

To see draft management plans and share comments, go to:

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