Mora Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Cole Camp, take Route U north 4 miles.


This area is composed mostly of grassland with a few small crop fields and old field habitat scattered around the area. A small unit of trees exist along a portion of the riparian corridor.

This area falls within the Cole Camp/Hi Lonesome focus area, which has been indentified as an important landscape in the Greater Prairie Chicken Recovery Plan. The area plan recommends the reclamation of the vegetative cover from one of shrubby/tree cover interspersed with cereal grain row crops to one predominated by both native warm season grasses and forbs or wildlife-friendly exotic cool season grasses. Most of the conversion has been completed.

About This Area

The original portion of this 601-acre area was acquired by the Conservation Department in 1967. Prior to that purchase this entire area was native prairie, but the landowner plowed it prior to acquisition by the Conservation Department. Additional acres were added in 1997.

Early management emphasized small upland game species. Current management efforts are focused on grassland species and their habitat needs.

This area has been designated by Audubon Missouri as an Important Bird Area (IBA). IBAs are sites that have been identified by Audubon as those that are most crucial for bird populations, due to their abundance and/or diversity of birds present.

High quality grasslands are important habitat for many species. This area is being managed for grassland diversity that provides habitat for a diverse group of plants and animals. Because less than one-half of one percent of our original prairie remains, some of these species have become increasingly rare.

Area managers use prescribed fire, grazing, and other management practices to maintain healthy grasslands, simulate historic disturbances, and limit the negative impacts of invasive species.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Fishing - Bass Fair population.  
Fishing - Catfish Fair population.  
Fishing - Sunfish Fair population.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Dove Fair population.  
Hunting-Quail Good population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Good population.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Pond #01 1.00 acres There is a .25 mile walk to this pond.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 20.00  
Old Field 40.00  
Crop Land 30.50  
Grassland (non-prairie) 509.50  
Lakes/Ponds 1.00  
Total Area Acres:601.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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