Missouri State Parks Ordered to Sell Part of the Eleven Point State Park
On Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020, an Oregon County circuit judge ordered that the state of Missouri must sell or transfer part of the planned state park along the Eleven Point River. The ruling would require the state to sell or transfer approximately 625 acres of the planned park that falls within the federal Wild and Scenic River easement along the Eleven Point River. You can view the court ruling here, and a St. Louis Post Dispatch article on the subject here.
Our members, representing a diverse constituency of Missourians, are deeply invested in our outdoors and natural resources. In the past five years, our members voted three times to adopt formal resolutions relating to Eleven Point State Park. Each time, the outdoorspeople of Missouri showed strong opposition to the sale of this land. The people of Missouri have spoken loud and clear: this land should remain in the State Park system and should be developed as a resource for public recreation. Time and time again the Missouri General Assembly has rejected proposals to sell this land. The cultural, environmental, and economic opportunities that would arise from Eleven Point State Park are untold, and the divestiture of this property would not be in the best interest of the people of Missouri.
Today, September 25, 2020, CFM sent a letter to the Department of Natural Resources leadership and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt requesting that this court ruling be appealed. It is in the best interest of the citizens of Missouri that the state retains all portions of the potential state park and develop it as a public resource for recreation. Missouri State Parks are incredibly important as a natural resource, a recreation opportunity, and an economic engine, and the lands associated with Eleven Point State Park are a rare and valuable example of our pristine Ozark streams.
To view CFM’s full statement on the issue, click here. CFM will continue to be the Voice for Missouri Outdoors and fight to ensure that our valuable public resources are preserved for future generations. As this case develops, we will continue to keep you informed.