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2019 Recreation Fees

The new recreation fees that were proposed in 2018 will become effective in 2019

50th anniversary of the National Trails Act & the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

In 2018, America will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act as well as the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Join the celebration by attending an event or simply getting out on the trail – and maybe bringing along a friend. 

The Amazing World Below - Blanchard Springs Caverns

Before you tour Blanchard Springs Caverns, be sure to watch the movie "The Amazing World Below" which introduces you to the underground world and how the cave was formed. You can watch the movie when you get to the caverns, or you can watch it here online.

The Glory Hole Waterfall

The Glory Hole waterfall is located within the Dismal Creek Special Interest Area, approximately 245 acres in size.  The Dismal Creek Special Interest Area was designated primarily because of the unique botanical features, created as a result of the mesic habitat resulting from the bluff lines and aspects of the slopes in the area.  The most widely noted feature that is popular with visitors is the Glory Hole waterfall.

Recreation Fee Changes proposal

The comment period for the proposal to change recreation fees across the Ouachita and Ozark-St.Francis National Forests has ended.  Proposed changes in table format: Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis.

Summary of Public Open Houses Held on Big Piney Ranger District in April

Last year, the agency changed our policy/protocol in how we involve the public and address public objections on various activities. The Big Piney Ranger District had not held a public meeting in approximately nine years. Considering direction from our newly implemented project objection process, district leadership wanted to hold open-house style meetings to get a feel for what the public we serve thought about the vegetation management activities implemented across the district.

The purpose of the meetings were to engage the public with the types of activities the Big Piney Ranger District implements in the following four areas: Prescribed Burning, Wildlife Habitat Improvements, Non-Native Invasive Species, and Forest Health.  

Blanchard Caverns Increasing Efforts to Protect Caves, Bats

Blanchard Open for Tours; All Other Caves and Mines Are Closed on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.