Macon Training Site (MTS)
The Macon Training Site (MTS) is operated by the Missouri Army National Guard. Public access is limited to foot traffic only. Parking areas are available at entrance gate(s). No military training will be scheduled during the spring turkey or the fall firearms deer seasons. Fishing is allowedin accordance with the state wildlife code. The post is closed to all public access at any time units are in training.
In 1996 the Army's Natural Resources Conservation Award for installations of 10,000 acres or less went to Macon Training Site, Missouri Army National Guard. The Macon Training Site was commended for its success in integrating a strong natural resources conservation program into its overall mission. Its efforts to inventory and monitor natural resources resulted in the discovery and complete survey of a candidate plant for the federal endangered species list. In addition, Macon staff demonstrated an innovative approach to their natural resource management plans by implementing an ecosystem- based land management plan and incorporating this approach into the overall Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan.
Macon Training Site provides a much needed habitat to migrating waterfowl and marshland mammals, a resource that is diminishing elsewhere. Wetlands once covered almost 4.8 million acres of Missouri, but more than 87 percent of that original acreage has succumbed to farming, development, and destruction by soil sedimentation. However, there is no shortage of lakes, ponds, and marshes at MTS. The East Fork of the Chariton River flows along the western boundary of MTS where freshwater marshes and several oxbows are found. In 1991 and 1992, the Missouri National Guard built three freshwater marshes at the site. The manmade marshes provide flood protection, water purification, and wildlife habitat, but their construction presented some unique challenges to Missouri Guard engineers. Soils at MTS are unstable and erode easily because they were strip mined by the site's previous owner. Unstable soils are susceptible to erosion and could deposit in the training site's marshes as sediment. Native plants, which adapted to soil conditions after strip mining, were used to stabilize the banks of the marsh. Black willows were found to be a readily available and cheap source of native plants.
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