General Management Plan, Wilderness Study, Environmental Impact Statement
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Releases Draft General Management Plan
Superintendent Bill Black announces today that the Draft General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft Plan) is available for public review beginning November 8.
The Draft Plan includes detailed maps and narratives describing a No-Action Alternative and three Action Alternatives. The No-Action Alternative explains how the Riverways is currently managed. "The 'Preferred' Alternative was developed from the public comments we received and incorporates elements of the other alternatives mentioned since the public scoping for the plan began. The park management team and I are especially interested in the public's reaction to the 'Preferred' Alternative, since it represents a balance among the wide range of interests people have in Ozark National Scenic Riverways," said Black.
Please click the "Open for Comment" tab to the left to download, review, and comment on the Draft Plan.
After November 12, reference copies of the Draft Plan will be made available at the public libraries in several local communities, including: Van Buren, Eminence, Winona, Birch Tree, Mountain View, Summersville, Salem, Ellington, and Ellsinore. CD copies will also be available to participants attending the public open house meetings or upon request to the park.
Superintendent Black states, "With the publication of the Draft Plan, we have moved into the last phase of public input in the planning process. The draft document is a detailed look at the Alternatives and their impacts, and a thorough public review is essential in finalizing the plan. Our goal remains to develop a final plan that will provide a variety of recreational opportunities while continuing to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of Ozark National Scenic Riverways for future generations."
Superintendent Black invites all interested individuals to attend and provide comments during upcoming public meetings. Each meeting will consist of an Open House session for distributing information and receiving comments related to the Draft GMP, followed by a formal Wilderness Hearing to allow individuals to voice their opinion about the proposed wilderness designation. Please click the "Meeting Notices" tab to the left for locations, dates, and times for these open houses.
The public comment period for the Draft Plan will be open until January 8, 2014; comments received by then will be most helpful in developing the final plan. The public is encouraged to provide comments online. Comments will also be accepted at the public meetings, or through the mail using the address listed below.
As always, 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 email@example.com.
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.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
P. O. Box 490
Van Buren, Missouri 63965