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Four Hearings on the Future of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers - DATES CHANGED

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Now is the time to act on behalf of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers!

Hellbender - Unique Life in the Rivers

On November 8, 2013 the National Park Service released its Draft General Management Plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The final plan will determine the strength of management for the riverways for the next twenty years. The NPS is hosting three upcoming Open Houses and Hearings on this issue. NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER IN DECEMBER AND EARLY JANUARY THE HEARING DATES HAVE BEEN PUSHED BACK BY SIX WEEKS, AND A NEW HEARING IN EMINENCE HAS BEEN ADDED. At the Open Houses one can discuss the issue with representatives of the NPS and comment on the entire plan. At the Hearings one can give his or her opinion on proposed designation of Big Springs as a wilderness area.


1. Thursday, January 16 at 6 pm at the Eminence High School New Gym, 505 South Sixth Street, Eminence, MO 65466. This is only an Open House. You can RSVP here for the Open House in Eminence.

2. Friday, January 17 at 6 pm at the Salem City Hall Auditorium, 202 North Washington, Salem, MO 65560. This is only an Open House. You can RSVP here for the Open House in Salem.

3. Tuesday, January 21 at 6 pm at the Van Buren Youth and Community Center, 1204 County Road D, Van Buren, MO 63965. The Open House begins at 6 pm and the Hearing begins at 8 pm. You can RSVP here for the Open House and Hearing in Van Buren.

4. Wednesday, January 22 at 6 pm a the Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122. The Open House begins at 6 pm and the Hearing begins at 8 pm. You can RSVP here for the Open House and Hearing in Powder Valley.

At all of these meetings you will be able to talk to officials and submit your comment on the plan. If you absolutely cannot make it to one of the meetings,you can still submit your comment online here.


The Missouri Sierra Club suggests using the guide below for your comments

  • Thank the National Park Service for putting together a well done and thoughtful analysis. Adopting Alternative B, as NPS recommends, would be a big positive step forward from the status quo.
  • Nevertheless the Missouri Sierra Club believes Alternative B is not the best option. We recommend the adoption of Alternative A as it provides additional protections for the rivers. Of most importance, Alternative A:
    • Closes illegal roads and restores natural conditions to 50 miles of these roads;
    • Closes 65 miles of undesignated horse trails and adds no new stream crossings;
    • Bars vehicle access to gravel bars.
  • Cite any personal experiences and knowledge you have of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers.

Read this article to understand the challenges facing the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, and sensible solutions to these problems.