Nixon Endorses Federal Plan for Ozark Riverways
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is endorsing the federal government's plan for managing the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday, Nixon says the federal government's preferred proposal is the "most reasonable approach."
The National Park Service manages the area around the spring-fed Current and Jacks Fork rivers. It has put forward three options to continue managing the riverways, and Nixon has endorsed the operating plan preferred by the park service.
That proposal would close 65 miles of undesignated horse trails and unauthorized stream crossings. It would also add restrictions on the use of motorized boats, and convert 150 miles of off-road trails used by all-terrain vehicles to hiking paths.
Nixon added that the federal agency must incorporate flexibility in implementing a management plan.