Promoting a respectful management approach for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

The Coalition

Endorsement of the Friends of Ozark Riverways Campaign

  • Al Agnew, Wildlife Art
  • Alpine Shop
  • Audubon Missouri
  • Conservation Federation of Missouri
  • East Ozarks Audubon Society
  • Environment Missouri
  • Great Rivers Environmental Law Center
  • L-A-D Foundation
  • Missouri Archaeological Society
  • Missouri Coalition for the Environment
  • Missouri Parks Association
  • Missouri Smallmouth Alliance
  • Missouri Wilderness Coalition
  • Open Space Council St. Louis
  • Ozark Fly Fishers
  • Ozark Greenways, Springfield
  • Ozark Mountain Paddlers, Springfield
  • Ozark Society (Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma)
  • Ozark Wilderness Waterways Club, Kansas City
  • Pioneer Forest, Salem
  • St. Louis Adventure Group
  • St. Louis Canoe and Kayak Club
  • Sierra Club, Missouri Chapter
  • The Nature Conservancy in Missouri

Your immediate call can assure a brighter future for the river and the Ozarks. Do it today! Write your Representive or Senator to let them know you support the riverways.


To protect the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality and rich history of the Riverways and the surrounding environs, and thereby to ensure a high quality experience for visitors well into the future. FOR will work to ensure that the park is managed in a way that is consistent with the language of the legislation that created it:

"For the purpose of conserving and interpreting unique scenic and other natural values and objects of historic interest, including preservation of portions of the Current River and the Jacks Fork River in Missouri as free-flowing streams, preservation of springs and caves, management of wildlife, and provisions for use and enjoyment of the outdoor recreation resources thereof by the people of the United States, the Secretary of the Interior... shall designate... the Ozark National Scenic Riverways."

-Public Law 88-492 (1964)


To accomplish our mission, FOR is undertaking the following actions:

  • We seek broad support.
  • We seek to maximize the number of park defenders, stewards and supporters.
  • We encourage every visitor to support Friends of Ozark Riverways as a means of giving something back to the park for the privilege of experiencing it.
  • We promote excellent management.
  • We speak for responsible users in the continual betterment of park operations.
  • We enhance communities.
  • We promote conservation in nearby communities through programs that enhance their natural character and complement park values.
  • We are advocates.
  • We advance park interests before state and federal legislatures, within the National Park Service and other federal, state, or local bodies, and among the general public.
  • We support volunteerism.
  • We encourage motivated volunteers to help meet designated park need.