MDC seeks public input for three southeast conservation areas
Public can comment on long-term management
plans of Tywappity, Horton Farm and St. Mary’s Access.
Editors and webmasters – This release has a kill date of Dec. 31. The plans will not be
available online for input after Dec. 31, so use of this release should occur as
soon as possible.
GIRARDEAU, 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.
for Tywappity Community Lake and Towersite in Scott County and Horton Farm
Conservation Area and St. Mary’s Access in Ste. Genevieve County are available
for public comment until Dec. 31. To preview draft management plans and share
comments online, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.
Tywappity Community Lake is located in Scott County near Chaffee. The
area consists of 147 acres of woodland and 37 acres of surface water. Management
of the area is directed toward protecting the watershed and providing
recreational facilities. A large grassy area near the lake has a pavilion,
grills, and picnic tables. A boat ramp and privies are also provided.
CA is located in Ste. Genevieve County and provides opportunities for bird
watching and hunting for deer, dove, rabbit, squirrel, and turkey. The area has
over 500 acres of forest and woodland and over 100 acres of grassland.
Access provides access to Old River, south of the junction of Highway 61 and
Route U in St. Mary. The access provides a concrete boat ramp and fishing
opportunities for bass, catfish, crappie and other river fish.
MDC invites comments from
recreational users, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected
officials, government agencies, and other interested persons or groups. To make
a comment on this area plan, go online to www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.
MDC manages nearly 1,000 conservation areas covering almost one
million public acres throughout the state for the purpose of restoring and
conserving fish, forest and wildlife resources, and for providing appropriate
public use, research and demonstration areas.
Conservation Area Management Plans document strategies for natural
resource management and public use on specific conservation areas. Area plans
also help communicate an area’s purpose and management direction to staff and
“It’s important that citizens have a
chance to provide their input to their conservation areas,” said Rocky Hayes, MDC’s
forestry regional supervisor for the southeast region. “We provide a service by
managing these areas and we strive to develop quality habitat to promote
wildlife health as well as outdoor opportunities for Missourians.”
Conservation Area Management 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
Area plans are currently posted on
the MDC website and available at MDC offices for public comment for a limited
The enjoyments of activities on MDC
conservation areas such as Pickle Springs CA help enrich Missourian’s quality
of life. For more information on area plan comment periods go online to