Three crown jewels of the state park system—Round Spring, Alley Spring, and Big Spring—were transferred to the National Park Service as part of the deal that led to Congressional establishment in 1964 of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the nation's first federally designated rivers. As a result—and because of other state parks in the area—the Missouri Parks Association has long been interested in the Ozark Riverways and their management. We watched in dismay as a pattern of permissive management took hold and resources degraded.
The National Park Service is now engaged in preparation of a new General Management Plan for the park. In public comments several years ago on preliminary alternatives there was such a large and polarized response—about half asking for stronger management and half for no change—that the draft plan was greatly delayed. The new draft General Management Plan was released November 8 for a 60-day public comment period ending January 8, 2014. The plan presents a reasonable range of alternatives that reveal a strong NPS commitment to improve conditions in the park. It is imperative that citizens express their support for the plan, since there will likely again be many people asking for No Action.
Watch a video "Why We Must Save the Current River, Again" by MPA's John Karel and Greg Iffrig
Read the Draft General Management Plan for the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways.
Download a summary and key excerpts from the plan.
Consult a citizens guide to commenting on the plan.
Submit a comment on the Draft General Management Plan.
Read an article "A Legacy of Neglect" by MPA's Susan Flader
For more information, visit the Friends of Ozark Riverways website
To keep up-to-date and became engaged, check the Facebook page of Friends of Ozarks Riverways.