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Draft General Management Plan / Wilderness Study / Environmental Statement

Big Spring with Fall Color

How will we protect and manage park resources for the future? Your input is needed!

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The comment period for the Draft General Management Plan ended on February 7, 2014. We appreciate all the effort everyone put into submitting comments. It will take some time before all of these are read, categorized, transcribed, and put into final form. We are planning to release a final General Management Plan later this year. You may still read the various documents associated with the process at the links below:

Draft General Management Plan / EIS
Summary of Key Excerpts
Frequently Asked Questions
Associated Documents

A few clarifications about gravel bar camping and other subjects have been made since the release, please see this link for details on those developments.

The public has had many questions concerning park operations in the interim until the new General Management Plan is approved. "The park continues to be managed using current law, policy and guidelines," states Superintendent Bill Black. "At this time no final decisions have been made about any of the management proposals in the Draft. Specifically, there has been no change in the current situations regarding horse trails or boat motor horsepower. The current use of horse trails will be allowed to continue until the NPS has established a new system of designated trails."

While the official comment period is over, we always welcome your input into any aspect of park operations. Feel free to e-mail us via this website (go to "Contact us") or write us a letter at:

Superintendent, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, P.O. Box 490, Van Buren, MO 63965

(Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment - including your personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.)

As always, we look forward to hearing from the public and encourage all to visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/ozar or our Facebook page for further updates.

Did You Know?

Fall color paints a glade bright red.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways' glades are rocky, desert-like area on hilltops. Kept open by periodic fires, they are home to collared lizards, tarantulas, scorpions, cacti and other species more typical of the desert southwest. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...