Agricultural Special Use Permits Available at Ozark National Scenic Riverways

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Date: February 28, 2017
Contact: Kim Houf, 573-323-4941
Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-4814

VAN BUREN, MO:  The National Park Service (NPS) is soliciting bids for agricultural Special Use Permits (SUPs) covering seven parcels in Ozark National Scenic Riverways within Shannon and Dent counties. Agricultural use is limited to hay cutting in each of these parcels. Through the use of agricultural SUPs, the NPS is able to restore and preserve the setting of historic farmsteads, while providing better habitat for a diversity of wildlife, and maintaining areas for outdoor recreation and scenic enjoyment. 

Permits will be awarded based on the following criteria: (1) Ability to perform the work; (2) Interest in and knowledge of the park’s agricultural permit program and/or other similar programs; and (3) Meeting the required minimum bid. Bidders are encouraged to view fields prior to submitting a bid. Agricultural fields are located in the following counties: 

Pummill/McCormick Shannon County 85
Null/Randolph Shannon County 10
Haaren Shannon County 25
Weaver Shannon County 55
William Wallace Shannon County 39
Riley/Gouldsmith/Cossair Shannon County 70
Mooney/Kedwel/Murray Shannon and Dent County 35

Bid packets for these fields can be viewed on the park website at For more information about the agricultural special use permit program or to receive a bid packet, contact Kim Houf at (573) 323-4941 or e-mail us.

The effective date for each permit is estimated to be April 3, 2017, and the expiration date of each permit will be December 31, 2018. Completed sealed bids must be received by Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Van Buren no later than 4:00 pm onFriday, March 24, 2017. Delivery instructions are included in the online bid packet.

For more park information, visit the park’s Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, visit the park’s website at, or phone (573) 323-4236. 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.  

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Last updated: February 28, 2017

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