A statewide coalition of environmental organizations is urging the National Park Service to protect Ozark rivers.
Representatives of the groups were in Washington, D.C., today meeting with the Park Service.
They submitted more than 4,400 signed petitions asking the federal agency to adopt a strong management plan for the Current River and its major tributary, the Jacks Fork.
The U.S. Forest Service has released a final environmental impact statement for its new management plan for the nation's public forests.
The new Forest Planning Rule will guide the management of America's 193-million acres of national forest lands, and provide the framework for local forest managers to develop their own forest-specific management plans.
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