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04/22/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/22/2021 14:14

Agricultural Special Use Permits available at Ozark National Scenic Riverways

News Release Date:
April 22, 2021

Contact:Kim Houf, 573-323-4941

Contact:Dena Matteson, 573-323-4814

VAN BUREN, MO -The National Park Service is soliciting applications for agricultural permits for hay cutting covering two parcels in Ozark National Scenic Riverways within Carter and Shannon counties in Missouri.

Each Special Use Permit (SUP) will be awarded based on the following criteria: (1) ability to perform the work; (2) interest in and knowledge of the agricultural permit program within the park; and (3) payment of the required annual fee. NOTE: Applicants will not be allowed to bid on parcels; only application answers will be assessed.

The Can Lancaster field is 25 acres in Shannon County. The Hickory Field is 40 acres in Carter County.

The effective date for the permit is estimated to be May 10, 2021, and the expiration date of the permit will be December 31, 2023. Completed applications must be received by Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Van Buren no later than 4:00 p.m. on May 7, 2021.

Open fields are an important part of the natural and cultural landscape of Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Fields are distinct in character and use in comparison to the surrounding forests. Visually, open fields provide scenic landscapes and important viewsheds for visitors. From a cultural perspective, open fields are often characteristic of historic land use. The primary historic use for open fields would have been agricultural, including cultivation of various crops and animal grazing. Ozark Riverways is committed to long-term open field management to perpetuate the natural communities, preserve cultural landscape characteristics, and enrich scenic quality and recreational opportunity.

For more information about the agricultural SUP program or to receive an application packet, please visit the park's website at or contact Kim Houf at [email protected] or call (573) 323-4941.

For more park information, visit the park's Facebook page, visit the park's website at, or phone (573) 323-4236. Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves 134 miles of the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.

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