SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. Little Sac Woods Conservation Area, in Greene County, is among the areas currently under review.
MDC is inviting the public to provide comments about Little Sac Woods Conservation Area to aid staff in developing a 25-year management plan for the popular public use area. Interested persons or groups – including recreational users, neighboring landowners, conservation groups, elected officials and government agencies – can preview the draft management plan and share comments online June 1-30 at www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans.
The 772-acre Little Sac Woods Conservation Area is located in northern Greene County just west of Missouri Highway 13. Approximately 90 percent of the area is forested and the remainder of the area is composed of old fields and glades. Numerous hunting and nature-viewing opportunities exist at the area. More than seven miles of hiking trails meander through the area.
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 statewide context, and on the professional expertise of MDC staff.
Statewide, MDC conservation areas cover nearly 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 in a 30-minute drive of an MDC conservation area.