Ozark Chosen for National Parks Passport Stamp
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Chosen as Midwest Region’s Passport Stamp
Local photographer’s image chosen to represent Midwest
Dent County resident David Dawson’s photograph of Ozark National Scenic Riverways recently won a competition for the National Parks 2008 Passport Stamp Series. His image of the 100-year old Alley Mill of Ozark National Scenic Riverways was chosen to represent the Midwest Region on the 2008 Stamp Series.
The local photographer submitted several photos to the competition, and upon hearing of the results did not know which of the vibrant images of the red mill, settled in among the green trees with the blue water, was chosen to represent the Midwest Region. Mr. Dawson lives in Salem and has worked seasonally as a maintenance employee for the National Park Service at Akers.
In 1986, Eastern National began the passport program, designed to be a travel companion for park visitors. A small passport style book is sold in most national parks across the country; visitors can receive a stamp from each park. Over 1.3 million passport books have been sold. Ozark National Scenic Riverways has stamp locations at Big Spring, Alley Mill, Round Spring, and at the headquarters building in Van Buren. The annual passport photo contest is open to all National Park Service employees and Volunteers-in-Parks.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.