Mark Twain National Forest asking for Comments by March 1, 2012

Release Date: Feb 10, 2012  

Contact(s): Laura Watts (573) 341-7471

ROLLA, MO. – Mark Twain National Forest is asking for comments by March 1, 2012 on a proposal to change the management for two areas on Mark Twain National Forest’s Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Ranger District.

The first proposal is to change the management emphasis for the 389 acres known as “Epple tract” from general forest to semi-primitive, non-motorized area. This tract is located on Mark Twain National Forest’s Cedar Creek Ranger District.

The second proposal is to change the 1, 280 acres area known as “Western Star Flatwoods” to a special area other than wilderness. This change is proposed because Missouri’s Natural Areas Committee August 2011 designated Western Star Flatwoods a State Natural Area. Missouri's natural areas represent some of the best, and last examples of the state’s original natural landscape. This area is located on Mark Twain National Forest’s Rolla Ranger District.

Additional information and maps for these proposals are available at

If you prefer hard copies, or have questions about these proposals, please contact Laura Watts, Mark Twain National Forest planner, at 573-341-7471.