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Part of the crowd of nearly 1,200 that filled the Jasper High School auditorium on Oct. 26, 2023, to discuss a group's efforts to re-designate the Buffalo National River as a national park preserve. (Ellen Kreth/The Madison County Record)

Proponents of Buffalo River re-designation say they’ve halted effort, but opponents remain wary

BY: - November 1, 2023

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This story first appeared in The Madison County Record on Nov. 1, 2023, and is republished here by permission.) JASPER — After a town hall meeting last Thursday, proponents of turning public land around the Buffalo National River into a national park preserve said they would step back from the idea. The following […]

Part of overflow crowd at an Oct. 26, 2023, town hall in Jasper, Ark., to discuss the possibility of redesignating the Buffalo National River as a national park preserve. (Kevin Middleton/photo courtesy of Misty Langdon)

Concern over possible Buffalo National River redesignation draws huge crowd to small Arkansas town

BY: - October 27, 2023

JASPER — A sign on the way into this Newton County town states its population is 547. On Thursday evening, more than twice that number, upwards of 1,185 people, squeezed into the cafeteria at the local high school. The original 400 chairs had been supplemented by another 273 that students toted in from every classroom […]