SierraScape September 2013 - February 2014
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Support the Ozark National Scenic Riverways
by John Hickey
Missouri Sierra Club
Jacks Fork Rivers
need your help! The
National Park Service
has proposed a management plan that would significantly
reduce horse traffic in the rivers as well as illegal road access
to the rivers, but anti-conservation forces are pushing back
hard to get the Park Service to abandon its principles.
members submitted comments to the
National Park Service before the recently passed deadline of
February 7th. Perhaps you, the reader, submitted comments.
If you did, thank you!
However, the struggle is not over. For the next six months
or so, the Park Service will be reviewing the comments, and deciding
whether to stick with its preferred Alternative B, or whether
to give in to political pressure from the local Congressman and
weaken the management plan. The Sierra Club of course recommends
Alternative A, which provides the strongest protections for the
Riverways. We need to make sure that our federal elected officials
listen to the pro-conservation majority!
Please send in a comment to Senator Claire McCaskill TODAY.
She has an easy web-based comment form; the link is
Key points to make:
- Support Alternative A, which provides the greatest protection
for the Park.
- Share a story of your own experience at the
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
– either a positive story to underscore
the specialness of the place, or a story that illustrates current
problems at the Riverways.
- Give the National Park Service the tools it needs to do its
job, including a strong new management plan, as well as adequate
funding and political support to do implement the new plan.
Thanks for submitting a comment to Sen. McCaskill –
this fight is critical, since whatever new management plan is
chosen will guide the Park for the next 20 or 25 years!