Mark Twain National Forest hosted a flood recovery field visit on Aug. 28-30 with government officials from Washington.

Visitors included U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon, Emilee Blount (engineering, technology and geospatial services), Rachael Thurston (assistant transportation program manager), Michiko Martin (acting director, recreation, heritage & volunteer resources and director, conservation education), and Josiah Kim, (Region 9 director of engineering and acting director for recreation, wilderness, heritage and volunteer services).

U.S. Forest Service Washington office employees get a tour led by Eleven Point Ranger District employees of the Boze Mill area to see an example of the Karst topography here in Missouri and the historical use of these springs for milling and other uses.

Weldon and her national engineering and recreation directors traveled from Washington, D.C., to view some of the flood damage experienced at Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF) facilities and the work that has been completed to reopen sites.

On Monday, the group toured Red Bluff Recreation Area and Crane Lake. They witnessed campground damage that resulted from the latest flood in May, and discussed the proposal to move campsites and overnight facilities out of the floodplain at Red Bluff.

At Crane Lake dam, MTNF staff explained the findings of the engineering studies and the need to repair the dam to meet federal regulation.

Both Crane Lake and Red Bluff have involved constant community engagement with their long-term efforts. This public participation has led to a collaborative approach that will help these projects move forward through recovery and improvement efforts.

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