Group Wants Public Access for Mississippi River Islands Along SeMo Shore

MARCH 9, 2006 - Posted at 3:06 p.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - If the American Land Conservancy has its way, seven Mississippi River islands between Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the Arkansas border will soon be accessible for recreational and conservation purposes.

Under the ALC plan, all seven would be operated by federal agencies.

The seven islands total nearly 7,000 acres of land that is currently unused.  For decades, they were owned by companies with the idea of harvesting hybrid cottonwood plantations for pulp.

That didn't work out, and a private corporation from Kentucky now owns them, but is willing to sell.

For now, the ALC needs to find a public agency willing to buy them.  Those talks have not yet happened.

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