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Mingo Wilderness Area

Mingo Wilderness AreaIn 1976, through the Wilderness Act of 1964, Congress designated 7,730 acres of swamp, riparian areas, and Ozark Plateau uplands as the Mingo Wilderness Area.

Mingo Wilderness is an area with numerous tributaries forming a storage watershed in the Monopoly Marsh and Mingo River basin. A series of ditches and levees adjacent to the Wilderness Area help approximate hydrologic conditions that once occurred naturally. A large diversity of flora and fauna exists within this system which is home to indigenous species, such as river otter, bowfin, hairy-lip fern, and nesting bald eagles. The Wilderness Area also serves as an important wintering area for migratory waterfowl and critical habitat for swamp rabbits, wood ducks, migrating monarch butterflies, and other species. 

As the largest remaining tract of bottomland hardwood forest in Missouri, the Mingo Wilderness depends on the safeguards of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, Public Law 94-557, and the Draft Wilderness Stewardship Policy of 2001. These laws are important to protect against a loss of wilderness character leading to a loss of biological integrity and degradation of air and water quality, as well as adverse impacts of invasive species such as feral hogs, nutria, Sericea lespedeza, etc.

While motorized recreational activities are prohibited inside the Mingo Wilderness Area, motorized traffic does occur along non-wilderness corridor roads alongside a network of waterways. Hiking, fishing, wildlife observation, environmental education and interpretation are allowed, as well as biological research as approved through refuge management.
Last Updated: Mar 05, 2013
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