The Unlikely Environmentalists of Missouri’s Ozarks
Ted Haviland dislikes the term environmentalist, but that doesn’t stop him from protecting water in Missouri’s Ozarks.
As an outsider, you might come into Missouri’s Ozarks region and, as I did, marvel over some endless green valley, only to have a woman whisper in your ear, "That's a giant sinkhole."
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The upper Current River in the Ozarks of Shannon County in southern Missouri, between Welch Spring and Akers Ferry.
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Among National Park Service rangers, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is notorious as a near-futile assignment. To patrol 134 river miles, four major campgrounds, hundreds of miles of unauthorized ATV trails, and, between May and October, 9,000 debaucherous equestrians, there are a mere 16 law-enforcing park rangers.