URGENT! Action Alert ONSR

Deadline August 18,2021

Action Alert
OZARK NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAYS ALTERNATIVES for the ROADS AND TRAILS MANAGEMENT PLAN
The deadline for the comment period is August 18, 2021.
Your comments are needed! Make your voice heard! Support trails!
Back Country Horsemen has assessed the proposed Alternatives and considers Alternative C the most substantial opportunity for equestrians. However, comments should include the additions and recommendations necessary to achieve an acceptable, sustainable trail system. Here are further developed details specific to the broad recommendations previously provided:

Broad Recommendation:
Public use and park admin. roads marked as removed be considered for designation as equestrian trails where feasible

Comment Details:
Removing roads could compromise access for safety and maintenance. Administrative roads shown to be removed should be included for additional designated trail mileage to compliment the trail system. The road access near Bluff School should be retained to support local travel, maintenance and trail opportunities.


Broad Recommendation:
Additional designated trail mileage and river crossings for access to the historical, cultural and natural significant destinations and landscape resources

Comment Details:
Additional trail mileage north from Susie Nichols Cabin to area known as Schaffer Lakes (Springs) for access to the unique, distinct natural landscape resource

Additional trail mileage and river crossings west from Susie Nichols Cabin to Baptist Landing for access to the complete park corridor and historical workmanship of the Civilian Conservation Corp

Additional trail mileage on west side of river, south from Welch Primitive Area to beyond Welch Landing to provide view of Welch Spring and Welch Hospital

Broad Recommendation:
Use existing visitor-created trails for designation where feasible and sustainable

Comment Details:
Many of the existing visitor-created trails have been utilized for many years, have proven to be sustainable, and should be implemented within the designated trail system

Broad Recommendation:
Permit system for equestrian riding (or any non-motorized use) would not be supported

Comment Details:
Permitting of individual equestrian riders would be discriminating as other non-motorized users do not require permits. Current permitting system (Commercial Use Authorization and Special Use) will be sufficient and effective with the implementation of designated trail system.

Broad Recommendation:
Additional horse staging areas and/or parking areas to adequately provide dispersed access at interval locations

Comment Details:
One proposed horse staging area at Cedar Grove (mid park) would not provide sufficient access and would create congestion and possible resource overuse. One additional horse staging area at Baptist Landing (northern park) and one additional horse staging area at Akers Ferry (southern park access) would distribute usage and provide varied recreational opportunities locations.

Broad Recommendation:
Prioritized and staged implementation of new trail system components, trail construction and resource rehabilitation will be necessary to facilitate user cooperation

Comment Details:
It will be important to provide continued trail access opportunities by immediately identifying the routes to be implemented so the trails can be marked and users can be directed to those for continued recreation access.


Please consider including the above details in your comments, along with personalizing why these trails are important to you. Do not hesitate to include that as members of Back Country Horsemen you are ready, willing and able to fulfill the purposes:
“To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness; To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use; To assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resources; and, To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.”

Submit Comments Here:
https://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=113284
or mail written comments to:
Ozark National Scenic Riverways Attn: Supt. Jason Lott
P.O. Box 490
Van Buren, MO 63965