Nature & Science
Missouri Natural Areas in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Ozark National Scenic Riverways is home to several "Missouri Natural Areas." These are specially designated areas that are worthy of extra protection and recognition due to outstanding scenic or scientific value. The program is adminstered by the Missouri Department of Conservation. To learn more visit their Missouri Natural Areas page, or read the latest Missouri Natural Areas Newsletter, but don't forget to come back!
If you'd like to explore any or all of these hidden treasures, by all means go for it! Remember however, that collecting plants, flowers, insects, rocks, etc, is strictly prohibitted to protect these special places.
Missouri Natural Areas within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways include: (These sites are provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation, not the National Park Service, so don't forget to come back!)
Cherish these rivers. Witness for them. Enjoy their unimprovable purpose as you sense it, and let those rivers that you never visit comfort you with the assurance that they are there, doing wonderfully what they have always done." - (David Brower, Foreword to Oregon Rivers by Larry Olson and John Daniel)
Did You Know?
Cane brakes are thick stands of rivercane, which is much like bamboo. The endangered Swainson's Warbler nests in these thickets. Many stands have been lost to reservoir impoundments throughout the South, but many stands are protected at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...