Newsroom Midwest Region

February 6, 2020

Leslie Lueckenhoff
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Natural resource trustees seek public comment on proposed restoration projects in southeast Missouri

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, acting as trustees for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration, are seeking public input on a draft restoration plan. Trustees invite the public to an information meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, to learn about the trustees’ proposed natural resource restoration projects in St. Francois County Missouri. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Desloge City Hall, 300 N. Lincoln St., Desloge, Missouri.

Agency representatives will be on hand to discuss two proposed restoration projects described in the draft Restoration Plan for St. Francois County “Bonehole” Park Expansion and Restoration and Borehole Closure and Restoration Program, which will be available beginning February 10, 2020. The first proposed project includes glade and woodland restoration, invasive species control, native vegetation establishment, and the expansion and permanent protection of the existing Bonehole County Park. The second proposed project will create a program of restoration through the Soil and Water Conservation Program to close and restore prospecting boreholes in priority areas of St. Francois County.

These projects will benefit surface water, stream sediments, floodplain soils, benthic organisms, migratory birds and their supporting ecosystems. Funding for the proposed restoration projects comes from a settlement with ASARCO, LLC for natural resource damages associated with the release of hazardous substances at the Federal Mine and Mill Complex in St. Francois County.

St. Francois County is part of the larger Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District. The Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District spans multiple counties from 40 to 90 miles south-southwest of St. Louis, Missouri and is located in the Big River, Black River and St. Francis River watersheds. It is one of the largest lead-producing regions of the world.

Public participation is an important part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration process. Comments and input from the public on the draft Restoration Plan are encouraged and will be accepted beginning February 10, 2020 and ending on March 10, 2020. Members of the public should submit their comments to:

Ms. Leslie Lueckenhoff
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
101 Park DeVille Dr. Suite A
Columbia, MO 65203

Obtain a copy of the draft Restoration Plan and learn more about the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration process and the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District.