Informational meeting at Knob Noster State Park

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Volume 37-370 For Immediate Release: Oct. 8, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO.-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to an informational meeting Oct. 18 at Knob Noster State Park to discuss the temporarily closure of the McAdoo Equestrian Trail. The Department is closing the trail for repairs and to allow the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers to complete an assessment related to the potential presence of World War II-era munitions that could pose a risk to public safety. While the Department does not expect the assessment to reveal the presence of any munitions in the park, the assessment is being conducted as a precaution. The meeting will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Camp Bobwhite Recreation Hall.

Park staff and members of the Department's equestrian advisory group will be on hand to discuss proposed operational changes and future improvements to the equestrian trail as well as present volunteer opportunities within the park. Because of extensive repairs that were needed, the Department had scheduled to close the trail temporarily this fall so repairs could be made.

In August, the Department learned that unexploded ordnance associated with the former Sedalia Army Air Field Rifle Range had been found on private property south of the McAdoo Trail. A limited portion of the trail crosses what was once part of a WWII era rifle range. As a precaution, the McAdoo Trail was closed. At the meeting, staff from the Department's Hazardous Waste Program and from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will discuss the coordination of the trail repairs with the Corps' munitions assessment.

Until the Corps' precautionary assessment is complete and repairs can be made, the McAdoo Trail and the equestrian campground will remain closed. Barring any unforeseen complications, the trail is anticipated to reopen in the summer of 2010.

Knob Noster State Park is located one mile south of Highway 50 on Highway 23. Camp Bobwhite is located on Highway DD approximately two miles west of Highway 23.