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Restoration of pine-oak woodlands in Missouri: Using science to inform land management debates and decisions

Posted date: July 19, 2018
Publication Year: 
2018
Authors: Thompson, Frank R.; Hanberry, Brice; Shifley, Stephen R.; Davidson, Brian K.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: The Wildlife Professional. July/August 2018: 56-60.

Abstract

On a warm July day in 2014, our group headed out to a field tour on the Mark Twain National Forest. The purpose of the trip was to learn firsthand what stakeholders thought of the Missouri Pine-Oak Woodlands Restoration Project. As wildlife ecologists and foresters, we were well aware of the conservation issues for this ecosystem and the ecological benefits of restoring open forests. On this visit we heard conservation agencies, an NGO, and even a local landowner voice their support for the project. It soon became clear, however, that not everyone agreed with the goals or the management practices being implemented on approximately 6 percent of this forest in southeast Missouri (USDA Forest Service 2011).

Citation

Thompson, Frank R., III; Hanberry, Brice; Shifley, Stephen R.; Davidson, Brian K. 2018. Restoration of pine-oak woodlands in Missouri: Using science to inform land management debates and decisions. The Wildlife Professional. 12(4): 56-60.