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Big Spring battle

Updated: November 27, 2007, 3:29 PM ET
By Sunny Lewis | Environment News Service

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Missouri conservationists are proposing wilderness protection for part of the watershed feeding the largest freshwater spring in North America, the Big Spring. The spring gushes 286 million gallons of water into the Current River each day and draws thousands of visitors a year to south central Missouri.

Including one of the finest stands of mature oak-pine forest in Missouri, the 8,000 acres proposed as the Big Spring Wilderness are part of the Mark Twain National Forest, ...

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