On March 1, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed the Buffalo National River legislation into law.  In a November 3, 1972, letter from President Richard Nixon to Dr. Neil Compton, then president of the Ozark Society, Nixon said this, “I warmly congratulate you on your work and I especially applaud your valuable contributions toward the designation of Buffalo River as a part of the National Park System.  May you always derive satisfaction from these accomplishments and pride from having had such a salient part in the realization of a foremost national goal.”

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March 1, 1972, signing date, the Ozark Society will host the following paddling and hiking activities on March 1, 2022.

Where to Meet:  Ponca Low Water Bridge

Time:  9:30 a.m., March 1, 2022

Hiking:  One or more hikes will be conducted depending on the number of participants.  All participants should bring their own lunch and water and dress appropriately for the anticipated weather conditions.

Hiking Contact:  Please email Luke Parsch at lparsch@uark.edu or call 479-442-3817, if you plan to participate in the hike or if you have questions.

Paddling:  The first choice paddling trip will be from Ponca to Kyles, water level permitting.  If the water is too low, the trip will be moved downstream.  All participants should bring their own boat, PFD, water, and lunch.  The vehicle shuttle will be conducted that morning by the trip participants before we launch.

Paddling Contact:  Please email Stewart Noland at stewartnoland51@aol.com or call 501-831-9908, if you plan to participate in the float or if you have questions.