Big Spring Historic District Cultural Landscape Report Available for Public Review

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Date: January 13, 2017
Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-4814

VAN BUREN, MO:  The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared a Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment (CLR/EA) to identify key landscape resources within the Big Spring State Park National Historic District at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The Big Spring CLR/EA provides recommendations for preservation and public enjoyment of the key landscape features, and will be available for public review and comment for 30 days, beginning January 16.  

The Big Spring CLR/EA will provide park staff with a detailed plan that supports cultural resource management in accordance with NPS planning and management policies. The purpose of the Big Spring CLR/EA is to guide management, preservation, and use of resources within the Big Spring State Park National Historic District. Management recommendations presented in the Big Spring CLR/EA establish a philosophy and framework to enhance resource conditions and visitor experiences, support interpretive programming, streamline compliance for project implementation, and provide guidance for necessary visitor services, including accessibility, while minimizing impacts on the cultural landscapes. 

The Big Spring CLR/EA may be reviewed online at  beginning January 16. The NPS has developed a range of potential management approaches and encourages public input during this formal comment period. Comments may be submitted through the website until February 17. Comments will also be accepted through the mail at:

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

Please note:  Before including an address, phone number, email 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.

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Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.


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Last updated: January 17, 2017

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