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North Fork Recreation Area is located on the North Fork of the White River near Dora. After the Memorial Day holiday weekend, vandalism and property destruction were discovered at the site. New asphalt was spray-painted with graffiti (within 24 hours of paving), gates were smashed, and other harassing information posted around the recreation area.

Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs (ACW) Ranger District employees, upon discovering the vandalism, worked quickly to begin repairs. Also, Forest Service and Ozark County law enforcement have increased patrols in the area. If anyone has information regarding this or other illegal activities at the North Fork Recreation Area, please contact the ACW Ranger District at 417-683-4428.

The Forest Service signed a decision in May 2015 initiating the project at North Fork. This document is available for review at https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=45310. The purpose of the project is to increase public safety and reduce conflicts among recreationists by separating water play and water craft activities.

We appreciate the public’s patience with this project, as it has experienced several unforeseen setbacks to its original timeline. The 2017 flood put the project behind schedule; and it resulted in contract design changes and reprioritizing work to be completed first in the day-use area of the site. Weather this past winter and spring also delayed construction efforts. The goal remains to open up the original day use area during the 2019 season, which is expected to happen soon. Additional instances of vandalism could affect the current efforts to open the site, resulting in more delays.

Contractors completed paving the day-use area last week. Work remaining to be completed before opening the day-use area includes letting the asphalt cure, striping lanes and parking areas, and installation of traffic control devices. A timeline for the work to be completed on the boat launch and campground is yet to be finalized as it is highly dependent on the weather; but efforts will continue to be made to get as much done as quickly as possible.

District Ranger Cody Lunsford has been keeping outfitter and guides, county officials, and other elected officials apprised on progress of the project. The District will also continue to provide updates on Facebook and the Mark Twain National Forest website. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lunsford at 417-683-4428 or email him at cody.lunsford@usda.gov.

 

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