Bryson's Hope Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Green Ridge, take Route B west 3 miles, then Hope Dale Road south 2 miles.


This 290-acre area is being intensively managed for the recovery of the Greater Prairie Chicken, which is an endangered species in Missouri.

About This Area

The initial 196-acre tract was purchased by the Department in 2006. An additional 90 acres was added in 2008. A small addition was added in 2010 to put this area at 290 acres.

This area falls within the Green Ridge Focus Area as identified in the Greater Prairie Chicken Recovery Plan.

When acquired, the habitat was intensively row-cropped with very little habitat for grassland wildlife. Since acqusition, the area has been converted to a variety of cool-season and warm-season grass mixtures.

The purpose of this area is to provide optimum nesting and brood-rearing habitat not only for prairie chickens, but also other grassland species. High quality grasslands are important habitat for many species.

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

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Look for a variety of grassland species. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Trapping with Special Use Permit   

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  0.75 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Grassland (non-prairie) 289.16 This area has been restored to a grassland/shrubby habitat. 
Other 1.00  
Total Area Acres:290.16 

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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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