ONSR Invites All to Public Meetings

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Date: October 7, 2015
Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-8028

VAN BUREN MO:Ozark National Scenic Riverways Superintendent Larry Johnson invites the public to attend an open house meeting for the park's Roads and Trails Management Plan.The National Park Service will be hosting four open houses for the public.The purpose of these open houses is to collect information to aid in the development of the Roads and Trails Management Plan.No formal program is scheduled so that those interested in attending may stop by to share ideas and opinions at their convenience.

The National Park Service would like your feedback on questions such as:What are some of the outstanding destinations within and outside the park that should be included in the roads and trails network?Which locations would provide good placement for handicapped accessible trails?What types of opportunities should be included in the trail system?How do you feel about multi-use trails that could be shared by equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers? Where are the best locations for designated equestrian and mountain biking trails?

The Riverways contains a vast network of roads and recreation trails. The development of a roads and trails plan is critical for protecting the special natural and cultural features of the park and providing quality recreational experiences for park visitors.The Roads and Trails Management Plan will help guide the future development and management of roads and trails within the park.

The public meeting schedule is as follows:

Monday, October 26, 2015
Eminence High School New Gym
505 South Sixth Street, Eminence, MO 65466
5:00 –8:00 p.m. Open House

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Van Buren Youth &Community Center
Intersection of Business Highway 60 and D Highway, Van Buren, MO 63965
5:00 –8:00 p.m. Open House

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Salem City Hall Auditorium
202 North Washington, Salem, MO 65560
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Open House

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Holiday Inn St. Louis SW –Route 66
10709 Watson Road, Sunset Hills, MO 63127
5:00 –8:00 p.m. Open House

The public comment period will be open from October 26 to November 25, 2015.There will be computer stations available at each meeting location for anyone who would like to submit comments at that time.Comments may also be submitted online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/OZAR_RTplan or via written letter mailed to:

Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Attn:Roads and Trails Planning Team
P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965

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.For more information, please contact Dena Matteson at (573) 323-8028 or e-mail us.

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.

-NPS-



Last updated: October 13, 2015

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