The 24th annual Poosey Conservation Area Fall Driving Tour will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17.
The Missouri Department of Conservation has opened its road and trails to the public to view examples of the department’s management practices and to see vibrant fall colors.
This year’s tour will highlight the work of the various divisions within the department and how they work together to deliver conservation in Missouri. In addition, the department will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of Missouri’s first modern turkey hunting season. Displays will explore the history of turkey restoration and management.
As always, resource management practices will be described at various points along the route. Included will be stops explaining prairie grass ecology, noxious weed eradication, forest management, crop field and wild life habitat management. Fisheries management will also be highlighted. There will be resource professionals present to explain management techniques and answer questions.
The gates will open at noon and the last cars will be allowed through at 4 p.m. The tour route will begin at Pike’s Lake on the northeast side of the area and allow visitors to drive through the historical area known as “Poosey.” Historic sites such as the “Panther Den” will also be included. The roads will be graded and mostly graveled for easy travel, however, four-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles are recommended. The tour route will take approximately one hour to complete without stops. Allow more time for stops and discussion.