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NPS adds comment meeting in Salem, clarifies parts of DGMP

In a statement issued November 14, Ozark National Scenic Riverways has added a public meeting in Salem, Missouri on Wednesday, December 11, at the Salem City Hall Auditorium, 202 N. Washington, from 10 a.m. to noon.
This meeting will not include a discussion on the recommendation to designate a portion of the lower Riverways near [...]

Smoky Mountain elk vs photographer

Is any photograph worth this? Video forwarded by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundatioof a photographer trying to catch a close shot of a young elk bull gets more than he bargained for. It’s a good thing the elk was very young and with no other tines.
We don’t recommend this… but it is still fascinating.

Hearing held Nov. 8 on subsidiary felony charges against James Crocker

By Jo Schaper
Evidence supporting two charges of first degree class B felony assault and two charges criminal action against James Crocker and involving Regina and Robert Burgess and one count of class D unlawful use of a weapon was heard in the court of Judge Scott Bernstein in Crawford County November 8.
These charges arose [...]

Gravel bar camping by boaters on Riverways to be unchanged

By Jo Schaper
According to an email we received this morning from Dena Matteson, NPS park spokesman on the Draft General Management Plan said (and we quote) that none of the alternatives would change gravel bar camping where the gravel bar is accessed by boat, canoe, kayak, or tube.
Matteson said:
“…we have found that the [...]

Woolly worms or persimmons: what’s your winter pleasure?

By Jo Schaper

It’s been snapfreeze cold the last 24 hours. The reports of snow at the Traveler office have been greatly exaggerated, but we did have some sleet last night…not enough to be concerned about, but just enough that the ping against window was a reminder that what ever was green and alive outside at [...]

Need your eagle fix? Eagle Days dates for 2013-14

From December through February, Missouri’s winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Eagle Days events around the state, or enjoy eagle-viewing on your own.
Because of its big rivers, many lakes and wetlands, Missouri is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of [...]

Marilynn Bradford appointed to Conservation Commission

Gov. Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon has appointed a central Missouri native with a lifelong interest in the outdoors and a proven commitment to public service to a six-year term on the Conservation Commission.
Marilynn J. Bradford, (I), Jefferson City, has a diverse background in government, private business and citizen conservation. Her term on the Conservation Commission will [...]

New clean water rules go into effect next year

By Jo Schaper
The Missouri Clean Water Commission approved rules Nov. 7 which will bring Missouri’s rivers and lakes into compliance with the federal Clean Water Act which requires all waters to be “fishable and swimmable” unless clear reason can be shown why this is impossible.
The rules will set pollutant limits on 2,100 lakes and [...]

Fr. Moses Berry to close the Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum

By Jo Schaper
According to this story in the Springfield News-Leader, Father Moses Berry, a Christian Orthodox pastor in Ash Grove, will close his Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum on Nov. 15 for an undetermined period, perhaps for good.
Although he never charged admission, his announced reason for closing the museum, which has been open for 13 [...]

Which alternative do you prefer on the draft Riverways GMP?

Five hundred thirty four pages is the average length of a Harry Potter book, and that’s the length of the complete Draft Ozark Scenic Riverways General Managment Plan. We invite everyone to read the entire thing, downloadable at Draft General Management Plan and then comment online to the Park Service at
For those of [...]