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By: Kathy Atnip
02/12/15 03:27:30 PM

On Feb 14-15, mile 14.5 to mile 20.5 of the OT on the Current River Section will be closed. Maintenance work is being done in the refuge portion of Peck Ranch by resource scientists. The trail will remain open past mile 14.5 north toward Stegall Mountain, Rocky Falls and beyond, or south and east past the refuge boundary heading toward Midco Hollow.

Thanks for your patience!

By: Abi Jackson
02/12/15 12:24:48 PM

The US Forest Service is announcing a temporary closure of Bell Mountain Wilderness for February 23rd and 24th from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. This will be an aerial treatment for feral hogs, using helicopters and rifles, conducted by MDC and AHPHIS. Signs will be placed at all three trailheads the weekend before and they will be doing a sweep of the trails on Sunday evening.

By: Kathy Atnip
02/10/15 02:45:27 PM

Look for controlled burns affecting the Current River section of the Ozark Trail from early February to early April. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) will close the Current River section from mile 8 to mile 14 in the areas of Denning Hollow and Stegall Mountain and mile 18 to mile 20 in the Midco 6 area of Peck Ranch CA. The exact timing of the burns will depend on conditions, but please stay alert to possible burns and be ready to leave the areas if asked by these agencies.

Check with the Ozark Trail Association or the land manager if you’d like to know more about the exact dates of these controlled burns.

MDC and NPS will close the affected areas one day before the burns are scheduled and will open them again as soon as they are safe. Notes for your safety:

  • It's best to avoid overnight camping along the Current River section during this time.
  • Please remain close to the trail in these areas so that firefighters can contact you prior to the burns.
  • Be aware that smoke from prescribed burns can drift for several miles. If you're sensitive to smoke, please take measures to limit your exposure.

The prescribed burns planned will reduce natural fuels for unplanned fires and help restore native ecosystems and species including deer, turkey and collared lizards.

For more information, contact Missouri Department of Conservation, 573-323-4249 or Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 573-323-4236.

By: Matt Atnip, Executive Director
01/28/15 04:23:52 PM

Meet Michael Burke – marathoner, triathlete and now thru-hiker – taking to the Ozark Trail this September to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). When diagnosed with CF at 14 months of age, doctors only hoped he could live 5 years. Now, at 45, Mike will attempt to thru-hike the spine of the OT in about 18 days in an effort to raise $10,000 for CF. Please take the time to read this article written by Wes Johnson of the Springfield News Leader. Mike has taken control of his life through determination and wants to share his message of success and of leading a full life. His message is valid for not only CF victims, but for everyone. Visit Michael's Website - http://www.michaelpatrickburke.com/