Outdoor Enthusiasts Urge Support of MO State Parks
Monday, December 18, 2017
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In order to appreciate it, you've got to get out and experience it.
At least, that's what outdoor enthusiasts are encouraging people to do over the holidays in hopes of saving three state parks from possible sale.
The state's acquisition of Bryant Creek in Douglas County, Ozark Mountain in Taney County and Jay Nixon in Reynolds and Iron counties has stirred controversy, pitting environmentalists against the Republican-led legislature where some argue that the unopened parks would be too costly to develop or maintain.
However, David Casaletto, executive director of Ozarks Water Watch, says those costs will be minimal with primitive or dirt trails. He argues the beauty is in the parks.
"And once you get people outdoors and they appreciate the environment, then they are more likely to protect it on their own,” he states. “So I think these types of acquisitions like this state park is exactly what we need to enhance that outdoor experience."
Missouri State Parks Director Ben Ellis has said despite some media reports to the contrary, the department is not thinking of selling the three state parks.
However, the department is welcoming residents to share their opinions, now through Jan. 5 on the department’s website, mostateparks.com.
Susan Wiseheart, a longtime resident of the Bryant Creek watershed, has spent 28 years admiring the natural beauty of the great outdoors.
She says she was happy to see the state's effort to preserve what she's grown to love with the development of Bryant Creek State Park.
"I think it would be extremely foolish for us not to keep this park and get it open for public use in the most minimal way it can be done,” she states. “That way, we save money and we save the terrain, which is fabulously beautiful."
The three parks in question were purchased during former Gov. Jay Nixon's administration and have sat dormant during Gov. Eric Greitens' tenure.
A fourth park – Eleven Point in Oregon County – is involved in a legal challenge and state officials say it will be handled separately.
Groups such as the Sierra Club's Missouri chapter have been calling on Missourians to voice their views about the parks by submitting comments before the Jan. 5 deadline.
get more stories like this via email
LANSING, Mich. - High utility costs are a major burden for Michigan's low-income residents, and a new study says they have an impact on their health…
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new report shows an effort by investor-owned utilities in the Sunshine State to block the growth of rooftop solar. The …
Health and Wellness
By Troy Pierson / Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration. As marijuana becomes more …
SALT LAKE CITY - With rising numbers of people targeted in hate crimes and related violence, a new report analyzes the hate-crime laws in each state…
BOSTON - Educators' unions are calling on the state to support their efforts to ensure in-person learning in the fall keeps students, teachers…
HARTFORD, Conn. - In Connecticut, more than 460,000 people care for close friends or family members who can't manage on their own - and their …
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Millions of Americans soon could find eviction notices on their front doors, but New Mexico renters will not be among them - as …
Health and Wellness
CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire advocates for affordable healthcare access want Congress to lower prescription costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate …