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Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-4814
VAN BUREN MO: Ozark National Scenic Riverways Superintendent Larry Johnson announces today that the Preliminary Alternatives for the Roads and Trails Management Plan will be available for public review and comment beginning on November 17. The Preliminary Alternatives may be reviewed online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/
The Preliminary Alternatives include detailed maps illustrating a No-Action Alternative and two Action Alternatives. A Preliminary Alternatives Newsletter accompanies the maps and provides a description of each alternative. The No-Action Alternative reflects a continuation of the current management practices within the Riverways, as established in the 2015 General Management Plan. The two Action Alternatives were developed from public and stakeholder feedback, as well as National Park Service staff input. The Action Alternatives represent alternative approaches to roads and trails management throughout the Riverways and represent the diversity of suggestions received during the public scoping process.
Hard copies of the maps will be made available for review at the public libraries in several local communities, including: Van Buren, Eminence, Winona, Mountain View, Summersville, Salem, Ellington, Ellsinore, Grandin, Doniphan, Poplar Bluff and Rolla. Maps will also be available for review at park headquarters in Van Buren, located at 404 Watercress Drive, from , through .
The public comment period for the Preliminary Alternatives will be open through . The comments will be analyzed to determine possible changes and help inform the selection of the National Park Service’s preferred alternative. The preferred alternative will be presented in the Draft Roads and Trails Management Plan and Environmental Assessment, which is expected to be released for public review and comment in approximately 18 months.
The public is encouraged to provide comments online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/