Wild Area Addition Proposal Open for Public Comment

Dec. 23, 2016
Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park

Missouri State Parks has nominated 800 acres of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park to be added to the Goggins Mountain Wild Area. This large, undeveloped mountain landscape with its steep, rugged forest terrain exemplifies wildness in its remoteness and primeval natural condition.The proposed addition is comprised of four newly acquired tracts and one previously isolated park property, and fills a gap between the Goggins Mountain Wild Area of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, and the Bell Mountain Wilderness of the Mark Twain National Forest. The proposed addition includes a half-mile segment of the popular Ozark Trail as it traverses the wild and scenic crest of Goggins and Bell mountains. The forests and wilderness scenery blend seamlessly with the wilderness on either side, and by this designation will be protected as part of the Goggins Mountain Wild Area. Remoteness from human intrusion, combined with the size and location of the area, provides opportunities for unconfined and primitive backcountry recreation.

This notice serves to make the public aware of this proposed designation and solicit comments pursuant to Missouri State Parks’ policy on wild areas. The comment period is open for 14 days from the date of this announcement. To provide comments or learn more information about this proposed designation, please contact [email protected].