Ozark Greenways

Committees

Our Committee Volunteers are Leaders, Advocates and Greenspace Preservationists

Land Trust Committee

Residents are concerned about the ongoing loss of greenspace in Springfield and Greene County. They see subdivisions and other developments replacing greenspace. Historic farms and scenic areas they once enjoyed as part of the Ozarks landscape are disappearing. One solution that can save portions of our unique natural resources is to use a land trust to work with landowners to develop conservation easement agreements.

The Ozark Greenways Land Trust Committee reviews proposed donations of property to be forever protected from development in a way that satisfies both the landowners, their heirs, and the future plans for greenspace preservation in the Springfield region.

An easement is a legal right-of-way/preservation agreement that often also allows a greenway trail to pass through either public or private property. The easements we use are voluntarily given, because we are a non-profit working to benefit the greater community. Several tax incentives can make this an attractive partnership. A trail might have only a few easement agreements, or many, depending on the property. Ideally, a community plan for trails is adopted before land is developed, and luckily our community leaders are taking this into account.

For more information, contact Terry Whaley, at terry@ozarkgreenways.org or (417) 864-2015.

Technical Planning Committee

Meets on the second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 a.m., 1408 E. Pythian St.
A diverse group of technically skilled volunteers meets monthly to discuss various trail issues such as identifying routes, engineering low-water crossings and managing construction details. This committee plays a critical role in the development of Springfield's trail and on-street network, and brings together an unprecidented variety of local agency representatives. Are you an architect, engineer, or a generally interested person who would like to get involved with this group? Email terry@ozarkgreenways.org

Let's Go Smart Committee - Advocacy

Meets on the third Wednesday of each month, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 290 E. Central St.
Our Let's Go Smart committee advocates for local forms of sustainable transportation including bicycling, walking, alternative transportation and public transit. The mission of the committee is to advocate for connecting greenway trails to one another, to neighborhoods and to activity areas throughout the community. The committee is comprised of citizens, business leaders, representatives from city, county, state and federal organizations, the local health community, Springfield Police Department, Springbike Club and other interested groups and individuals. Interested in joining this committee? Email us if you'd like to join, at mary@ozarkgreenways.org, or call (417)864-1941.

Friends of the Frisco

The 35-mile Frisco Highline Rail-Trail is half in Greene County, managed by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and half in Polk County, managed by Ozark Greenways volunteers. Friends of the Frisco formed in 2014, to work on issues specific to this second longest Rail-Trail in Missouri. Projects include helping market to tourists, planning for physical improvements, and partnering with local businesses. To learn more, email terry@ozarkgreenways.org 

We rely on the enthusiasm and financial support of the community.

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