Trustees seek public comment on proposed creek projects

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service, acting as Trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration, are seeking public input on a draft restoration plan, and invite the public to an informational meeting on Thursday, December 12 to learn about proposed natural resource restoration projects in southeast Missouri.

    The meeting will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Steelville branch of the Crawford County Library, located at 210 S. 4th Street.
    Agency representatives will be on hand to present information on proposed restoration projects described in the draft Stream, Riparian, and Floodplain Habitat Restoration within Crooked and Huzzah Creeks Restoration Plan, which is available beginning December 2 at The proposed projects include conservation agricultural practices, stream bank stabilization and riparian (near stream) restoration projects in portions of Crooked Creek and Huzzah Creek to benefit surface water, stream sediments, floodplain soils, benthic organisms, migratory birds and their supporting ecosystems.  
    A public comment period runs for 30 days from December 2 to 31.  During this time, the public is encouraged to submit any comments to the USFWS.
    Written comments on the draft restoration plan may be sent to: Leslie Lueckenhoff, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 101 Park DeVille Dr., Suite A, Columbia, MO 65203 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments must be postmarked or emailed by midnight, December 31.