BRANSON, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced today that the new name for the former Ozark Mountain State Park will be Shepherd of the Hills State Park.

The name is based on writer Harold Bell Wright’s book, “The Shepherd of the Hills,” a book based on the area and why the writer was drawn to it.

“Capturing the imagination of a nation, the vivid descriptions of the Roark Valley and the personalities of the Ozark Region were the impetus for the explosion of tourism and population growth in the Branson area,” Missouri Department of Natural Resources director Dru Buntin said in a press release.

The announcement also comes on what would be Wright’s 150th birthday.

The 1,000-acre state property located on Sycamore Church Road in Branson was one of several purchased in 2016 by the state for development as a state park. The park is not yet open to the public. A specific opening date has not yet been released.

For more information on how the MoDNR plan to develop the park, visit their website here.