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Sustainable recreation strategy—public input needed

ROLLA, Mo. (Feb. 4, 2020) –Every five years, the public has the opportunity to share their thoughts about the strategic future of the recreation program on Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF); and right now is one of those opportunities. A process called Recreation Site Analysis (RSA) has begun, and MTNF will be accepting public comments through March 6, 2020. Public comments will provide insight to help recreation staff understand the trends in use. Specifically, MTNF is looking for comments regarding developed recreation sites, such as campgrounds, boat landings, and picnic areas.

Cory Roegner, Forest Recreation Officer, stated, "We want our visitors to enjoy the Forest, and recreation activities need developed recreation sites to support them; so we are going to do our best to balance budgets and demands while being future-focused through this process."

Many of the recreation sites on MTNF are starting to show signs of disrepair, and the costs to operate and maintain these sites has increased over time to a level that is unsustainable. Given current and projected financial and staffing constraints, some difficult decisions are expected to be necessary for MTNF to provide quality and sustainable recreation opportunities for the long-run; and that is why we want to engage early with those that love to visit the forest. The comments received will be combined with the Forest's internal analysis and used to develop a draft proposal for a sustainable recreation program. A draft proposal is expected to be released in May 2020, which will also be open to public comment.

Comments could include but are not limited to, such things as:

· What are your favorite recreation sites on MTNF and why?

· What would you like to see more (or less) of at a specific developed recreation site on MTNF?

· Are there amenities lacking at any MTNF recreation site? If so, what site and what do you want to see there? Are there any sites you think should be closed or have services reduced to shift funding to another site?

· Are there trends in recreation you are seeing that MTNF should consider during this process?

To submit your comments please email them to SM.FS.MTNF_Rec@usda.gov or you can bring written comments to any of our offices.

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102.6 mi 165.1 km • Point to Point • 11,169 ft Ascent 3404.44 m Ascent

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48.8 mi 78.6 km #1Ozark Trail - Courtois Section
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Bourbon, MO
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48.8 mi 78.6 km Bourbon, MO
26.8 mi 43.2 km #2Ozark Trail: Trace Creek Section
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Potosi, MO
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26.8 mi 43.2 km Potosi, MO
27.1 mi 43.5 km #3Ozark Trail: Blair Creek Section
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Centerville, MO
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27.1 mi 43.5 km Centerville, MO
8.9 mi 14.3 km #4Ozark Trail: Marble Creek Section
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Ironton, MO
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8.9 mi 14.3 km Ironton, MO
14.8 mi 23.8 km #5Ozark Trail: Courtois Section, Berryman Trail Loop East
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Steelville, MO
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14.8 mi 23.8 km Steelville, MO
29.6 mi 47.7 km #6Ozark Trail: Between the Rivers Section
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Van Buren, MO
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29.6 mi 47.7 km Van Buren, MO
29.0 mi 46.7 km #7Ozark Trail: Eleven Point Section
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Alton, MO
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29.0 mi 46.7 km Alton, MO
2.0 mi 3.3 km #8Big Piney Trail North-South Connector
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Licking, MO
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2.0 mi 3.3 km Licking, MO
24.1 mi 38.8 km #9Ozark Trail: Middlefork / John Roth Memorial Section
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Centerville, MO
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24.1 mi 38.8 km Centerville, MO
2.9 mi 4.7 km #10Ozark Trail: Marble Creek Section, Crane Lake Loop
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Ironton, MO
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2.9 mi 4.7 km Ironton, MO
16.1 mi 25.9 km #11Big Piney Trail
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Fort Leonard Wood, MO
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16.1 mi 25.9 km Fort Leonard Wood, MO 11 
26.9 mi 43.4 km #12Berryman Trail
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Potosi, MO
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26.9 mi 43.4 km Potosi, MO
1.4 mi 2.3 km #13Devil's Kitchen Trail
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Cassville, MO
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1.4 mi 2.3 km Cassville, MO
10.6 mi 17.1 km #14Wolf Creek Trail #849
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Poplar Bluff, MO
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10.6 mi 17.1 km Poplar Bluff, MO
3.9 mi 6.2 km #15Purple Trail
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Ozark, MO
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3.9 mi 6.2 km Ozark, MO
3.3 mi 5.3 km #16Fire Tower Trail
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Cassville, MO
Intermediate
3.3 mi 5.3 km Cassville, MO
36.0 mi 57.9 km #17Ozark Trail: Wappapello Section
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Greenville, MO
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36.0 mi 57.9 km Greenville, MO
29.0 mi 46.7 km #18Ozark Trail: Karkagne Section
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Centerville, MO
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29.0 mi 46.7 km Centerville, MO
17.2 mi 27.7 km #19Whites Creek Trail
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Alton, MO
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17.2 mi 27.7 km Alton, MO
11.5 mi 18.5 km #20Lake Shore Trail (Council Bluff Trail)
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Bismarck, MO
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11.5 mi 18.5 km Bismarck, MO

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Creek/falls
May 14, 2019 near Kissee…, MO
Falls
May 14, 2019 near Kissee…, MO
Fiddler Spring gurgles near the Whites Creek Trail within the Irish Wilderness in Mark Twain National Forest.
Jan 20, 2017 near Alton, MO
Gorgeous vistas await on the Whites Creek Trail within the Irish Wilderness in Mark Twain National Forest.
Jan 20, 2017 near Alton, MO
The beautiful Bliss Spring bubbles along the Whites Creek Trail in the Irish Wilderness in Mark Twain National Forest.
Jan 20, 2017 near Alton, MO
The clear waters of Whites Creek in the Irish Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest.
Jan 20, 2017 near Alton, MO
Overlooking Paddy Creek.
May 28, 2016 near Licking, MO
Fire tower parking lot
May 14, 2019 near Kissee…, MO

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