ONSR seeking public comments on Draft Plan

Posted: November 5, 2013 in Agenda 21/Sustainable Development, Agriculture, Economic Freedom, Meetings, Water Issues

Some upcoming meetings that landowners and taxpayers (almost one in the same) need to attend to make their presence felt and their thoughts heard:

From Salem News Online:

Ozark National Scenic Riverways Superintendent Bill Black announced Nov. 1 that the Draft General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Statement will be available for public review on Nov. 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 are currently managed. The Preferred Alternative was developed from public comments ONSR received and seeks to represent a balance of interests the people of the Ozarks have, Black said in a Nov. 1 release.

The Draft Plan may be reviewed online at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/ozar beginning Nov. 8.  After Nov.12, reference copies of the Draft Plan will be made available at public libraries in several local communities, including Van Buren, Eminence, Winona, Birch Tree, Mountain View, Summersville, Salem, Ellington, and Ellsinore.  Digital copies will be available to participants attending the public open house meetings or upon request to the park.

“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,” Black stated in the release.

All interested individuals are invited to attend and comment at two public meetings. The first meeting will be 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Van Buren Youth and Community Center. The second meeting will be 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Powder Valley Conservation Center, Kirkwood. Each meeting will consist of an open house session for distributing information and receiving comments followed by a formal wilderness hearing to allow individuals to voice their opinions about the proposed wilderness designation.

The public comment period will be open until Jan. 8. The public is encouraged to provide comments online at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/ozar.  Comments will also be accepted at the public meetings, or through the mail to:

Superintendent

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

P. O. Box 490

Van Buren, Missouri  63965

For more information, please contact Dena Matteson at (573) 323-8028 or dena_matteson@nps.gov.

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