The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon endorses federal government's preferred plan for Ozark Riverways management

  • Print

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday endorsed the same plan the federal government is backing for managing the spring-fed Current and Jacks Fork rivers, as long as the National Park Service is flexible about implementing its proposal.

In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Democratic governor said the park system's preferred option for managing the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the "most reasonable approach."

"(The plan) provides the best course for continued and future enjoyment of this treasure," Nixon wrote.

He also asked the department to be flexible in enforcing restrictions on the outdoor activities performed at the park, as long as they do not pose a threat to the rivers.

The National Park Service is in the process of updating its management plan at the park for the first time in three decades. It has put forward three options with varying degrees of restrictions to continue managing the area as well as a "no action" option that would leave the current plan in place.

Its preferred proposal, endorsed by Nixon, would close 65 miles of undesignated horse trails and unauthorized stream crossings while also adding restrictions on the use of motorized boats and converting 150 miles of off-road trails used by all-terrain vehicles to hiking paths. Another 35 miles of approved horse trails would be created.

Nixon's endorsement puts him at odds with several state Republicans, including Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, who have criticized the park service's proposal, saying it limits public use and recreation.

The Republican-led state House is also considering a resolution that would ask the park service to maintain its current management plan.

Sponsoring Rep. Steve Cookson, R-Poplar Bluff, told colleagues in a hearing last week that the government's plans would be an encroachment on the people who use the river for enjoyment. His resolution was adopted Thursday by the House tourism committee and now heads to the Rules Committee.

A public comment period on the government's options for managing the park ended on Friday.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Weekend springtime weather with Doug Speirs - Apr 19

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A Canada goose flies towards the sun near the Perimeter Highway North and Main St Monday afternoon – See Day 10 for Bryksa’s 30 goose project - May 11, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A water lily in full bloom is reflected in the pond at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden Tuesday afternoon. Standup photo. Sept 11,  2012 (Ruth Bonneville/Winnipeg Free Press)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What are you most looking forward to this Easter weekend?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google