Draft General Management Plan / Wilderness Study / Environmental Statement
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:
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:
(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.)
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...