Ozark National Scenic Riverways includes 80,785 acres along the Current and Jack's Fork Rivers in Shannon, Carter, Dent, and Texas counties in Missouri. Located in the Current River Hills subsection of the Ozark Highlands physiographic province (Nigh and Schroeder 2002), the park protects numerous springs and 10 natural areas. The natural areas in the park are designated under the auspices of the Missouri Department of Conservation. Natural areas are selected to represent rare or exemplary relatively undisturbed assemblages of animals, plants, and physical features. For this reason, invasive plant management on the park is typically prioritized towards these areas.