Earlier this month, a non-permitted Buffalo National River guide was banned for two years from the national park, and given two years of probation, following hikes that resulted in an injured hiker having to be carried out and the death of another hiker.

Jeffrey Johnson also was ordered March 7 to pay $2,686.27 in restitution. The amount of restitution equals the cost of both search and rescue operations performed for members of his hiking groups by the National Park Service in the spring of 2022.

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