Bois D'Arc (pronounced "Bo-dark") Conservation Area is located in Greene County, one mile north of the town of Bois D'Arc.
This conservation area was named after the trees that dominate the mostly open landscape of the region. The Osage Indians used the sturdy limbs of these trees to make their bows. Thus the name Bois D'Arc, meaning "arc of wood." Other local names for these trees are hedge apple, Bois D'Arc tree, bowwood, and hedge. Some of the trees on this area are more than 100 years old.
The Bois D'Arc area is managed primarily for bobwhite quail, doves, and cottontail rabbits. Local farmers share-crop the area under contracts that also benefit the local economy. The contour strip-cropping practices reduce soil erosion and provide the habitat diversity attractive to wildlife species, such as quail, rabbit, marsh hawk, dove, and many songbirds.
Several small, fishless ponds serve as breeding areas for aquatic turtles and salamanders. Some lowland sites are attractive to woodcock and wetland wildlife species. A small deer herd and a few wild turkeys can be found on the area.
This conservation area was acquired in part through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center is located on this conservation area. For more information, please click on the shooting range link at the bottom of this page.