SierraScape September 2012 - February 2013
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Ozark National Scenic Riverways Update
by John Hickey
Missouri Sierra Club
You might be wondering – what happened to the
National Park Service's (NPS)
plan to issue a draft
General Management Plan (GMP)
Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR)?
After all, the
collected and submitted over 1500 petition
signatures demanding a plan to address damage caused by unauthorized
vehicle access and excessive horse traffic.
Don't worry- you didn't miss anything. The NPS delayed the
date for issuing the draft GMP to January 2013 (yes – in
four more months!). At that time, Club members will analyze
the three options presented and advocate for a preferred version.
What can you do in the meanwhile to build support for stronger
protection of the
Rivers? Here's four ideas.
- Volunteer for trail maintenance on the
during October 20-27 on the
section, which the Sierra Club is responsible for. A well-maintained trail
means more hikers, which means more people who experience the area along
the Current River and become advocates for more effective stewardship.
- Join the
Sierra Club outing
on the Current River on Oct 13-14,
and see the situation for yourself.
- Invite a speaker from the Sierra Club to talk to interested
groups. You could even organize a meeting of Sierra Club members
in your town to discuss this campaign.
- Use our
to know how your state representative voted on HCR 52 (a resolution
opposing NPS action on problems at ONSR)– and use that
information to guide your vote on November 6th. The scorecard is
MO Chapter website.