The National Park Service seeks to dramatically curtail use of the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Under the proposed options, the Park Service will place a stranglehold on traditional uses through the drafting of a new 20 year plan. The restrictions will lessen recreational opportunities and cause economic hardships on the communities in and around these two rivers. Included in the restrictions are:
• ELIMINATION OF 65 MILES OF HORSE TRAILS ADJACENT TO THE RIVERS
• ELIMINATION OF TRADITIONAL RIVER CROSSINGS FOR HORSE RIDERS
• REQUIRE PERMITS FOR HORSEBACK RIDING
• ELIMINATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE ACCESS TO GRAVEL BARS
• ELIMINATION OF ALL ATV, UTV, AND FOUR WHEELER USE
• ELIMINATION OF OUTBOARD MOTORS IN SOME AREAS
• PASS REGULATIONS THAT WILL REDUCE BOAT MOTOR HORSEPOWER
• RESTRICT CAMPING TO DESIGNATED CAMP SITES
The restrictions proposed by the National Park Service are not based on empirical evidence. What they have submitted as research for the restrictions is nothing more than observational support. The National Park Service, at the prompting of the Sierra Club and other environmental groups, wishes to turn a Scenic Easement into an Environmental Park inaccessible to everyone but the environmentalists!
How can you help?
1. Submit your comments and complaints to http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ozar (One topic per submission. For multiple topics make multiple submissions.)
2. BETTER YET, ATTEND ONE OF THREE MEETINGS AND SUBMIT YOUR COMPLAINTS IN PERSON:
6-9 p.m. December 10th 2013 @VAN BUREN YOUTH & COMMUNITY CENTER (intersection of Business 60 &D Hwy)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Salem City Hall Auditorium, 202 North Washington, Salem, MO 65560
6-9 p.m.. December 11th 2013 @ POWDER VALLEY CONSERVATION NATURE CENTER, 11715 Cragwold Rd., Kirkwood Missouri 63122
3. CONTACT YOUR STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES!
Voice of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 85
Eminence Missouri 65466