Boxley Valley Comprehensive Area Plan
The Boxley Valley comprehensive area plan (the plan) will provide an overall vision for the future of the Boxley Valley area that aims to decrease crowding and user conflicts, responds to changing visitation preferences, protects cultural and natural resources, and addresses visitor safety concerns. The plan will guide management decision-making by establishing desired conditions for natural and cultural resources, defining appropriate types and kinds of visitor use at various locations, and proposing infrastructure to support those uses. This plan also aims to improve the visitor experience through expanded interpretation and educational programs and facilities.
The National Park Service asked for public feedback on the preliminary proposed action from May 8th through June 10th, 2017, and hosted two open house events in Ponca, Arkansas on May 9 and 10 for the public to learn more about this proposal. During this period, the public was encouraged to comment on the proposed action and supporting management strategies that are being considered, and to identify issues or concerns. A summary of the comments received can be found under Document List in the left menu in the Newsletter folder.
Using the information obtained from public scoping, the National Park Service will continue to develop the draft plan. More opportunities for public involvement are included in the process, so watch this space for updates. Thank you for your interest and participation in the development of the Boxley Valley comprehensive area plan!
Kevin G. Cheri, Superintendent, Buffalo National River