Public Comments Wanted on Proposed Project to Remove Feral Hogs for Ecological Restoration

(Viburnum) The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on a proposed restoration project in southeast Missouri for feral hog removal for ecological restoration.

The U.S. Forest Service, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are seeking public input on a draft restoration plan to address these impacts to natural resources in the Viburnum Trend Lead Mining District in parts of Iron, Reynolds, Washington and St. Francois counties.

The forest service is currently running a public service announcement on Missouri radio stations about the feral hog problem.

These three entities want the landowners to work in concert with them in ridding the area of feral hogs.

The public can review and comment on the plan now through July 28th.

The project’s goal is to improve or protect water quality, the quality of terrestrial and riparian habitats and the species and communities dependent on those habitats in the headwaters of the Big River and Black River Basin watersheds.

To review the draft restoration plan, presentation and a news release by the U.S. Forest Service, find this story at and click on the link provided inside the story.  Visit