Researchers evaluate a hairy restoration question on Mark Twain NF

MINNESOTA—Land managers on the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri want to restore woodlands, an edge habitat bridging forests and grasslands that is characterized by widely spaced trees and a vibrant forest floor. Discouraging the woody species that grow up to shade the ground and make conditions unsuitable for flora like purple prairie clover, butterfly weed and rattlesnake master is a key part of restoring woodlands, and prescribed fire is often the go-to tool.