The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state. Coleman Memorial Conservation Area in Laclede County is among the areas currently under review.

MDC is inviting the public to provide comments about the draft 15-year management plan for the Coleman 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 July 1 through July 31 at mdc.mo.gov/areaplans

The 64-acre Coleman Memorial Conservation Area is on the southern edge of Lebanon in Laclede County. The bulk of the area is either forested (38.7 acres) or open grassland (24.6 acres). No hunting is allowed on the area, which features a 1.8-mile interpretive hiking trail.

MDC staff will consider all ideas received review comments as they revise the management plan for the Coleman Area. Decisions on which ideas to incorporate into area plans and on how best to 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.