Habitat restoration

Project Description

Sarcoxie Cave and Spring, Sarcoxie, Missouri. Restore and protect habitat for Ozark cavefish and Arkansas darter while developing area into low-impact public park.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Jasper County, MO
Project Size:
  • 3.0 acres

Project Sites

  • Sarcoxie Cave and Spring

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission
  • Public Benefit

Primary Goals:

  • Restore the site to a natural Ozark appearance and balance. Protect endangered and rare fauna. Remove invasive weeds. Develop the site as a scenic low-impact public park.
    Progress: On-going and long-term

Targeted Habitats:

  • Aquatic
    • Lakes and Ponds
    • Rivers and Streams
  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
  • Human Habitats
    • Urban and Residential
      • Urban Habitats (High Intensity Developed)
  • Special Types
    • Caves and Subterranean
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
    • Lowland Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted Species:

  • Arkansas Darter Etheostoma cragini
  • Ozark Cavefish Amblyopsis rosae

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Control invasive plants In Progress 2017 2017


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Missouri's Conservation Registry

Managing Organization

Ozark Regional Land Trust
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Peggy Horner (Executive Director)
Ozark Regional Land Trust

General Information

Project #: 508355
Last Updated: February 28, 2017

Project Relations


City of Sarcoxie
Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy


Ozark Regional Land Trust

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