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 the Punkin Center Access in Livingston County.

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 the Punkin Center Access in Livingston County. A final draft of a plan will be available for public comment through Dec. 31. To preview draft management plans and share comments online, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans. The 46-acre Punkin Center Access borders the Thompson River and follows a bend in the river. Anglers have access to fishing in the river. Hunting, birding, and hiking are also available to visitors. Most of the area northwest of Chillicothe is forested. 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. 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 state-wide context, and on the professional expertise of MDC staff.