Missouri Rec River planning meetings scheduled

Missouri Rec River planning meetings scheduled The National Park Service has scheduled a series of open houses in Nebraska and South Dakota to answer questions about and discuss the draft general management plan/environmental impact statement prepared for the Missouri National Recreation River.

The draft plan explores the vision created by the National Parks Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for cooperatively managing the 59-mile long Missouri River reach below Gavins Point Dam to Ponca State Park as a unit of the nation's Wild and Scenic River System. The plan's preferred alternative offers equally weighted strategies for preserving the designated riverine landscape while providing desired recreational opportunities.

The scheduled open houses are opportunities for the public to talk with, ask questions of, and voice opinions to Park Service and Corps representatives on matters related to the Rec River management plan. The open houses are scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. on these dates and locations:

* Nov. 12 � Hartington, NE, Lewis and Clark Natural Resource District Office

* Nov. 16 � Ponca, NE, Fire Hall

* Nov. 23 � Vermillion, SD, Vermillion Public Library

* Nov. 24 � Yankton, SD, Yankton Public Library

Written comments on the management plan are also solicited and can be sent to Superintendent, Missouri National Recreation River, P.O. Box 591, O'Neil, NE 68763.

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