Citizens can comment on area's management plan Aug. 1-31.

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

MDC is inviting the public to provide comments to aid staff in developing a 15-year management plan for the 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 Aug 1-31 at: www.mdc.mo.gov/areaplans

MDC staff will review comments as they finalize a management plan for the Gossett 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, it’s 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.

The 631-acre Alfred Newton Gossett Conservation Area is located near Windyville. The area offers both hunting and nature viewing opportunities. It consists primarily of forest cover, but does contain some overgrown open areas and the Niangua River passes through the area.