COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and state Representative Chris Kelly are scheduled to debate the future of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on May 3rd at the Shannon County Courthouse.
The National Park Service issued options for a draft management plan last year. Under the preferred plan, unauthorized horse trails would close and ban the use of motors on some river stretches. That sparked discussions of whether land should remain in federal hands or become part of the state park system.
The Kelly-Kinder debate sprang from a Twitter exchange when Kinder called for state control. Kelly says that would mean going “back the way it was with Dodge trucks caught in the rootwads. The oil in the water made neat rainbows.”