OORC and all Affiliates,

We are in need of your support for a strong response to the Forest Service Plan to log sections of the  Upper Buffalo Headwaters Mountain Bike Trails, a designated Dispersed Recreation Area.

OORC has had a Phase II trail plan that was submitted with the Phase 1 build in 2014 and has been part of the discussions with the Forest Service (FS) since early 2018.  We have worked diligently with the FS to correct portions and make exceptions to our original plan and believed we had a consensus to keep the trail on or near the ridgeline in order to provide a 10-12 mile contour bench trail creating an opportunity for a Hwy 16 Trailhead and connection through Buffalo Creek Trailhead to Knuckles Creek Trailhead.  They have virtually done away with this to allow logging to occur in this Dispersed Recreation Area.

Currently the Ozark National Forest, part of the United States Forest Service is requesting public comments on the Roberts Gap Environmental Assessment. If you or your members utilize this area, and/or have concerns regarding management of this recreation area, then we strongly urge you to promptly provide comments to the ONF regarding this project. Comments must be received by September 5, 2020 and may be submitted by email to:

We have set up a document that would benefit from a short individualized personalization and send to the FS collection email. All electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rft), or Word (.doc, .docx)  Again the comments must be received by September 5, 2020 and may be submitted by email to:

Download Individual Response

This is an urgent situation. The OORC plans for Phase II of the Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail System are being derailed in the Preferred Alternative #3 for this project. For this reason we are requesting that you actively engage with the Forest Service and submit your comments in a timely fashion. Plans and activities to expand the trail system are being given backseat status to plans to harvest timber, which will significantly degrade the recreational environment in the UBDRA. The thousands of hours of work that we have put forth in planning, designing, funding building, promoting, improving and maintaining these trails are being degraded. Exceptional recreational opportunities are being lost. For these reasons please take the time to review the linked materials. We are providing sample Comment letters for individuals and groups. Please add in any pertinent information you have about yourself or your organizations background, interest and involvement in this area. We have included our Comment concerns in the sample letters. Feel free to add in additional concerns or to remove OORC concerns that you do not support.

At any rate, your involvement is essential to getting better management plans for this area. The Forest Service has legal requirements to consider your comments and obligations to support public concerns. Be active. Be proactive. Let's make this better!

Relevant Documents & Supporting Materials

In the past, your interest and support have enabled us to protect the area landscape and watershed along with amazing recreational opportunities. Now, we need your activism! If you enjoy (value, appreciate) the Upper Buffalo Headwaters Trail System as much as we do, PLEASE take a few minutes to respond to the Forest Service (or ONF) and help us PRESERVE this majestic treasure for future trail development.

The OORC Board.

Chuck Maxwell, David Vansandt, HB Fink, Carmen Burden, Rob Reno, Carter Branstetter, Morgan House, Josh Carrol, Josh Vail, Josh Coones, Blake Slater

 

Thanks to How Kuff for knowledge of the Dispersed Recreation Area historical information and ability to navigate the FS website, and master wordsmith.

Phase II Planned Expansion

Forest Service Change and decrease of 13 miles of entire 24 miles planned