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Comment on the Ozark National Scenic Riverways General Management Plan

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The National Park Service (NPS) released the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Draft Management Plan on Friday, November 8, 2013.

You can look at the plan here.

You can comment on the plan here.

Comments must be submitted by February 7, 2014.

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 does not go far enough. 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; and
    • Bars vehicle access to gravel bars.
  • Make sure that you advocate for wilderness status designation for Big Spring
  • 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.


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