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A section of the Current River that will be inaccessible by boat if the NPS' proposed "Plan B" is accepted. (ORN Photo)

A section of the Current River that will be inaccessible by boat if the NPS’ proposed “Plan B” is accepted. (ORN Photo)

(Shannon County) – For the last few months, the commenting period for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Draft General Management Plan has been open, but on February 7, it will close and the next phase of the plan will begin.

On January 4, the media was invited to the Pulltite Campground in Shannon County for a boat tour of the areas along the Riverways that would be regulated into the plan.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Co-founder of the Ozarks Heritage Project Eric Mansfield at the grounds who shared what the Draft General Management Plan consists of:

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Mansfield added during the tours no other crafts were in sight that shows the park service’s idea of a conflict on the waterways:

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Mansfield shared that they’re afraid that certain comments that are being made are from those who maybe ignorant on the issue:

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He went on to say that in 50 years, he has never seen a canoe or kayak on the river during gigging:

A section of the Current River that will be inaccessible by boat if the NPS' proposed "Plan B" is accepted. (ORN Photo)

A section of the Current River that will be inaccessible by boat if the NPS’ proposed “Plan B” is accepted. (ORN Photo)

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Mansfield concluded with a story of a park service member who didn’t understand how jet boats worked, which he says shows the lack of understanding on the Park Service’s part:

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To view the 534 page Draft General Management Plan or to leave your comments on this issue you can visit parkplanning.nps.gov. To speak with Ozark Heritage Project Co-Founder Eric Mansfield further on this issue and how you can help, call 573-663-2269.

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