The Missouri Department of Conservation will have the annual fall driving tour through Poosey Conservation Area on Sunday, Oct. 20. This will be the 27th year that the Poosey Conservation Area has opened its roads and trails to the public to view examples of the Department’s habitat management practices and to see vibrant fall colors.
Displays and stops will illustrate how Trees Work® for your health, family, community, environment, our economy and your wallet. Resource management practices will be described at various points along the route. Included will be stops explaining prairie grass ecology, noxious weed radication, forest management, fisheries management, crop field and wildlife habitat management. There will be resource professionals present to explain management techniques and answer questions.
The gates will open at noon and the last cars will be allowed through at 4 p.m. The tour route will begin at Pike’s Lake on the northeast side of the area and allow visitors to drive through the historical area known as “Poosey.” Historic sites, such as the Panther’s Den will also be included. The roads will be graded and mostly graveled for easy travel; however, four-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles are recommended. The tour route will take approximately one hour to complete without stops. Allow more time for stops and discussion.
In addition, the Green Hills Trail Association will be hosting a “hike-thru” of Poosey hiking and biking trails. This event will be held on the same day and time as the driving tour but will be located on the south side of the area at parking lot No. 20. Additional details and information will be provided by the Green Hills Trail Association.