Habitat & Conservation  |  02/02/2024

Pheasants Forever adds to Linscomb Wildlife Area in St. Clair County, Missouri


Expansion Provides opportunities to enhance native grassland ecology

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are proud to introduce a 510-acre addition to the Linscomb Wildlife Area in southwest St. Clair County, Missouri. This will provide new public access to the area along the Osage River, and will help restore a piece of western Missouri’s prairie heritage. 

“As a habitat organization, we do all we can to assist in creating and protecting rare and declining habitats,” said Andrew White, the Missouri state coordinator for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “This project is a first of its kind for us in Missouri, so we’re excited to play a part in permanently protecting this vital piece of tallgrass prairie.”

This addition will dovetail into prairie restoration efforts in the Upper Osage Grasslands, a key conservation landscape in Missouri. The new parcel includes what’re known as “sandstone glades,” which are void of most tree cover and will allow the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to continue restoring native wildflower and grass species. Prairies such as this are havens for grassland birds, from the bobwhite quail to Henslow’s sparrows. 

This project is made possible in part thanks to MDC’s ongoing management of the land and the support of the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF). 

For questions about Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Missouri, contact Andrew White at 660-619-1719 or awhite@pheasantsforever.org