|Vol. II, No. 4, Spring 1989|
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways will mark the passage of its first quarter century, 1964-1989, with special activities in August and September.
On August 26, at three famous sites in the Riverways, celebratory programs will occur: At Big Spring, a public picnic and reunion, including CCC veterans; at Alley Spring, storytelling; and at Akers Ferry, a Current River fishing exhibit presented by Bass Pro Shops. During successive weeks, in August and September a symposium on the subject "A River to Preserve" is planned under the joint sponsorship of the Riverways and the Big Springs Tourism Association: August 25 at Van Buren, "The Rivers and the Environmental Preservation Ethic;" September 1 at Eminence, "River Culture;" September 8 at Salem, "Varying Values of River Recreation;" and September 13 at Mountain View, "Preserving the Rivers While Promoting Tourism." Steve Kohler will moderate each session. Funding assistance is being sought from the Missouri Humanities Council. The symposium will be unique, says James Corless, Park Historian. "This is likely'. the first time in twenty-five years that the full extent of Current River values natural, cultural, and recreational will have been examined without confrontation over some particular proposal by the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on the Mark Twain National Forest."
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