Birch Creek Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Birch Tree, take Highway 99 south 6 miles.


This property was like most of the Ozarks, the area experienced an era of exploitative timber harvests during the early 20th century. The property was purchased by Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. in the 1930's and was managed with selective harvests and some pine plantings. The area was sold to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 1992 as part of a larger land sale.

TNC sold the property to the Department in 1992. Since that time management has consisted of oak regeneration harvests, salvage harvests due to wildfires and windstorms, a 400 acre control burn for woodland restoration, and selective thinnings.

At present most of the area consists of over-crowded stands of oak, pine, and oak-pine saw timber. Almost all the acreage is classified as woodland but there is very little woodland structure due to high tree stocking and the absence of fire.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • Area manager can be contacted at the Doniphan Field Office during normal business hours; 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday thru Friday at 573-996-2557. Leave message on answering machine if no one is present.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Abundant forest interior bird species as well as seasonal neo-tropical migrants. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Camping - Primitive Area  Unless otherwise posted. No amenities are provided.  
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack  May camp along forest trails. Seasonal closures may apply.  
Hiking  No designated trails but opportunities to hike the forest interior are abundant. 
Hunting-Deer Good population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations. No permanent stands allowed.  
Hunting-Squirrel Good population. Both gray and fox squirrels are present.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit  Special Use Permit Required 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
No Developed Facilities

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres Small ponds are considered as wildlife watering facilities and provide important sources of water for birds and mammals as well as habitat for salamanders invertebrates. 
Stream - Intermittent Birch Creek 5.00 miles  
Stream - Intermittent Spring Creek 0.10 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 5646.00 The forest is in the pine-oak woodland dissected plains landtype association. Shortleaf pine, white oak, post oak, black oak, and scarlet oaks are common. 
Total Area Acres:5645.91 

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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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