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By: Ken Kurtz
05/17/17 04:02:47 PM

Late last week we were contacted by Dan Feldman about being interviewed for his weekly podcast called Weekly Hiking Tips.  He started his audio podcast this past January, which can be heard via iTunes or thru his website at distancehiking.com.  

On Monday May 15 he interviewed our very own Abi Jackson at the office and has now posted Episode 15 on his website.  http://distancehiking.com/podcast/episode-15-missouri/  Give a listen!

Awesome job Abi!

By: Kathie Brennan
05/13/17 10:02:09 AM

Two weeks after widespread flooding caused unprecedented damage to the ONSR, much of the recreational facilities and infrastructure is still being assessed by the NPS Incident Management Team requiring that the park remain closed until notifications are made public by the NPS.  At the height of the flood, the Current River crested almost 10’ above historic records resulting in unknown damage to the Blair Creek section of the Ozark Trail from the northern border of the ONSR just north of Powder Mill.  From Powder Mill, the Current River section of the Ozark Trail also has unknown damage but would include uprooted and downed trees along with a tremendous amount of flood debris covering the trail to the southern border ending at MDC’s Peck Ranch.  The OTA is still waiting on further information and instructions from the Mark Twain National Forest and the Missouri Department of Conservation concerning the use of the OT in other areas that the trail maybe closed to users due to damage. 

As conditions change information will be posted on the ONSR website at www.nps.gov/ozar on the park Facebook page and at the visitor contact stations. 

By: Ken Kurtz
05/08/17 02:37:28 PM

This past weekend on May 6th witnessed the successful launch of the first annual Challenge Hike.  Incredible thanks to Steve Liescheidt for the tremendous effort he put into this adventure.  He recruited 17 hikers who completed the hike and raised over $27,000 for the OTA for this inaugural event.  Many of these hikers had never heard of the OTA or been on the trail before.  Thank you for your efforts and Welcome to the OTA family.  

In addition to the hikers he also recruited sponsors who provided cash support as well as in-kind support to help make the event special.  Please honor their support of the OTA by supporting their businesses and make sure you let them know you appreciate their contributions.

One last comment to make.  The OTA is a volunteer based organization and is successful at what it's able to do because of the quality of our volunteers and the sense of family that quality generates.  Steve decided to apply his efforts to our cause because of the assistance, encouragement, and enthusiasm of Matt Atnip in helping Steve get another event started for the Cystic Fibrosis a couple years ago.  We have some truly awesome volunteers!

By: Abi Jackson
05/03/17 08:53:59 AM

We have been contacted by the Mark Twain National Forest in regards to the damage and destruction to the Ozark Trail due to the flooding conditions across the region where the OT traverses. Because of the impact this historic flooding is having on the OT, the possibility of funding to make needed repairs to the trail will be assessed from damage reports. Our OTA volunteers, trail adopters and users are our 'eyes' on the trail who can provide the needed information. The USFS are asking for photos, location on the OT and description of the damage. Information can be reported here. Remember to use extreme caution while in the forests in the weeks ahead.