The Current River is home to an impressive array of plants and animals, including more than 35 globally significant species. Some of these species are found nowhere else on earth; others have their healthiest populations in this region. It is also a major breeding habitat for migrating and nesting birds.
The spring-fed waters start near Montauk in the Ozark
What TNC is doing
Unsustainable agricultural and forestry practices pose significant threats to the Current River. The Conservancy works directly with private landowners to promote sustainable land use, primarily through conservation easements. Additionally, the Conservancy collaborates with local farmers to develop affordable and sustainable methods to keep livestock out of the river. Preventing streambank erosion is another top priority; the Conservancy has worked with partners such as the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to restore hardwood forests and canebreaks.