The Ozarks Property Rights Coalition will meet Thursday, March 23. At 7:00 pm according to co-chairman Bob Parker. The special guest of the evening will be Dr. Eric “Rick” Mansfield. Dr. Mansfield is a retired educator who resides on a small farm in Reynolds County, MO with his wife and dogs. He has been a logger, campground manager, facilitator for a Grateful Dead tribute band and canoe hostler in past jobs. He and his wife now organically garden, raising much of their own food; hunts, fishes and writes. Rick has a syndicated column—Reflections from the Road– in several local newspapers.
Dr. Mansfield also runs a Not for Profit—the Ozark Heritage Project—which hosts numerous clean-ups of streams and their riparian borders. These involve volunteers from families and schools. Rick is a published author, with his first novel and most recent work—The Elk Killings—now available along with his previous collections of short stories on Amazon and at several local vendors. Rick is also an accomplished speaker and storyteller, often appearing in historical costume to enlighten and inspire audiences around the Ozarks. Rick has appeared regularly at both national and state parks, private festivals and in numerous schools.
Dr. Mansfield will present to the Ozarks Property Rights Congress as Nick Walker, ace-reporter for the Missouri Gazette—oldest newspaper in St. Louis. “Nick” will report live from Shannon County in 1909. The topic—Politicians, Possums and Parks— will explore the intended role of state government in land preservation and speculate where such governmental intrusion might lead. At the end of a short and entertaining presentation by the much-celebrated reporter from the 19th and 20th centuries, Rick Mansfield will briefly field questions as to his perspectives on the state of our park systems today.
Those attending are encouraged to come early to enjoy the buffet and visit. For more information call 417-264-2435.