AREA -- In September the Scenic Riverways Partnership took a look at how local businesses in the water partnership area are working together to develop and market sustainable forest products. On Sept. 4 the partnership met and learned about Value Missouri and the forest stewardship certification process that Shannon County business Pioneer Forest has undertaken.
Clint Trammel of the company discussed the certification process and John Smith of Smith Flooring told partnership members about plans to market Value Missouri products.
The event took place at the National Park Service Round Springs Pavilion at Eminence.
Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren currently serves as chairman of the watershed partnership. It was announced recently that the watershed partnership did not receive funding for a Water Quality Cooperative Agreement through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Jacks Fork Watershed Water Quality Improvement proposal. Part of this proposal was to develop scenic river watershed signs to encourage awareness among the three rivers served by the partnership. Warren said the group is still looking for ways to fund the program.
The Scenic Riverways Partnership was formed several years ago with the intent of protecting the waterways of the Eleven Point, Jacks Fork and Current rivers.
The partnership serves an eight-county area that includes: Oregon, Texas, Shannon, Ripley, Howell, Dent, Carter, and Reynolds counties in southern Missouri. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) serves as the program director for the partnership.