Public can comment through Sept. 30 on draft management plan.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is in the multi-year process of updating Conservation Area Management Plans and is seeking public input on how conservation areas are important to Missourians.  A draft management plan for the Department’s LaBelle Lake Conservation Areas is available for public review through Sept. 30. To preview this draft management plan and share comments online, visit mdc.mo.gov/areaplans. 

LaBelle Lake Conservation Area, in Lewis County, includes 222 acres of non-prairie grassland and crop land, a picnic area, pavilion, camping area, parking lots, restrooms, fishing dock, and boat ramp access to the 112-acre LaBelle Lake. MDC manages LaBelle Lake for gamefish, and the surrounding acreage for wildlife and waterfowl.

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.