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By: Abi Jackson
11/10/16 09:50:13 AM

The Ozark Trail Association has teamed up with American Hiking Society and Michelob ULTRA to help restore the Ozark Trail. This fall, a portion of every case of Michelob ULTRA purchased between September 4 and November 26 will help restore 12 trails across the United States.  

You can visit and cast your vote for the Ozark Trail. You can only vote once, but the more votes we receive – the more funding will help the Ozark Trail Association restore the Ozark Trail.

Visit to learn more and cast your vote to restore the Ozark Trail.

So go purchase Michelob ULTRA and spread the word that Michelob ULTRA is going the extra mile this fall and donating up to $200,000 to help restore trails throughout the country. 

Disclaimer: No purchase necessary to vote.

By: Abi Jackson
11/10/16 09:52:01 AM

Every year, a majestic tree from America’s public lands is selected to adorn the U.S. Capitol’s lawn in Washington D.C.  This year, that tree is coming from Payette National Forest in Idaho and will be on display for visitors in Missouri at several locations. The City of Columbia and the Mark Twain National Forest, which manages 1.5 million acres of public land in Missouri, will proudly host an event for the public to see the tree for themselves at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO on Nov. 20 from 1:00 3:00 p.m.  

The Capitol Christmas Tree is fun for all ages to view.  The Mark Twain National Forest and the USFS Northern Research Station will have representatives available at the event to share information about the benefits public lands provide—recreation, clean water, firewood, and so much more.  The Ozark Trail Association and the Show Me Missouri Back Country Horsemen will also be there to talk to people about the great volunteer work they have accomplished; and they can connect anyone interested in helping keep trails maintained and waterways free of trash with future volunteer opportunities.  University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry will be roasting chestnuts for visitors as well! 

Along with the truck carrying the Capitol Christmas Tree, the Big Idaho Potato Truck will also be onsite.  This truck travels the country promoting the certified heart-healthy Idaho Potato and its mission to help small charities with its A Big Helping program.

The 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is an 80 foot Engelmann spruce, a native tree species from the Payette National Forest.  This year’s tree meets all the requirements–65 to 85 feet tall, having full branches around the entire tree, having a rich green color and a cylindrical shape.  The tree will begin its 3,900 mile, cross-country journey from the Payette National Forest on November 5. The tour will start with a community celebration in McCall, Idaho and travel to several cities in Idaho before starting its nation-wide tour on November 15.  Visit to see the tree’s schedule.  More than 25 community celebrations are being planned, culminating with the official tree lighting in early December.

The Nov. 20 event will take place in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Dr. SW, Columbia, MO.  Parking for the event will be in the northwest parking lot off of Hutchens Dr. and Interstate 70 Dr. SW (just south of I-70 at exit 124). 

If you can’t make this event; but really want to see the tree in person before it makes its way to Washington D.C., some other nearby stops include:

  • Kansas City, MO (Nov. 19 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Union Station Kansas City, 30 W Pershing Rd)
  • Columbia, MO (Nov. 20 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia Mall, 2200 I-70 Drive S.W.)
  • St. Louis, MO (Nov. 21 from 6:00am to 7:00am at KSDK-TV 1000 Market Street)
  • Paducah, KY (Nov. 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Noble Park, 2801 Park Ave)
  • Paducah, KY (Nov. 22 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Noble Park, 2801 Park Ave)

By: Abi Jackson
11/08/16 08:09:26 AM

POSTPONED The Forest Service will be burning on the east side of Council Bluff Lake Monday November 7th, 2016. The OT spur trail will be closed from Enough Boat Ramp north to Council Bluff dam most of the day and possibly Tuesday.

By: Abi Jackson
11/07/16 09:04:46 AM

The Ozark Trail through the refuge portion of Peck Ranch Conservation Area will be closed on the following dates due to managed deer hunts in the refuge:

  • October 1 & 2
  • October 22-24
  • November 12- 22 (November portion of Firearms Deer Season)
  • December 3 & 4