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Wayside Exhibits for the Battlefield (Bloody Hill in phase 1)

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Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, a unit of the National Park Service, is seeking input from the public and stakeholders on the analysis of impacts to the park's resources from the proposed modifications to a trail, signs, benches, and cannon positions on Bloody Hill. The intent is to provide protection to sensitive resources while providing interpretation to visitors that utilize the Bloody Hill area of Wilson's Creek. We feel the proposed changes are necessary to provide accessibility to resources, effective interpretation to visitors, while protecting park resources. At this time the National Park Service is proposing to: install new wayside exhibits, resting platforms, harden trail surfaces; rehabilitate abandoned trail, make a new trail to cannon position; and re-locate cannon positions on Bloody Hill.

There are three prelimimary alternatives.

Alternative A is the No Action Alternative. Everything would stay the same as it currently exists on Bloody Hill and the new waysides would only be placed where existing waysides are now located.

Alternative B proposes to pave the existing trail surface with pervious pavement and install resting platforms; install a shade shelter, boardwalk, new waysides, and resting benches; install new and re-located cannons; add a new loop trail and modify another; abandon a portion of the existing trail that impacts the habitat of an endangered plant species, the Missouri Bladderpod; and install a small boardwalk to protect the same plant species.

Alternative C (Preferred) proposes to harden the exiting trail surface and install resting platforms; install new waysides, and resting benches; install new and re-located cannons; install a new trail spur to the Lyon Marker and abandon and rehabilitate a larger portion of the trail that impacts the habitat of an endangered plant species, the Missouri Bladderpod.

The document is attached for your review and comment.


Contact Information

Connie Langum
Historian
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
(417) 732-2662 ext. 399