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The Ozark Highlands region of Missouri is home to a mosaic of forests, open woodlands, savannas, and prairies. The ecosystems of the Missouri Ozark Highlands are part of the larger Central Hardwoods region (also referred to as Eastern Broadleaf Forest) that encompasses much of the east-central United States. Climate change is an additional stressor that could interact with, and in many cases worsen, current stressors to Central Hardwood ecosystems in Missouri.

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Demonstration Projects

  • The Blackwell Ridge Project proposes to use an ecosystems management approach to enhance natural vegetative communities. The approach includes vegetation management methods such as timber harvest to mimic historic natural disturbance regimes.


    Central Hardwoods, Federal, Leslie, Action, MO, Restoration

  • L-A-D Foundation’s Pioneer Forest and the National Park Service’s Ozark National Scenic Riverways are working together to enhance the adaptive capacity of Ozark woodland and glade ecosystems.

    Central Hardwoods, Federal, Leslie, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, Fire and fuels, Invasive species, NGO, Private, Upland hardwoods, MO, Restoration

  • The Fremont and Pineknot East project is part of a collaborative landscape restoration project known as the Missouri Pine-Oak Woodland Restoration Project (MoPWR). This is part of a national program to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes that would restore and enhance resilient and functioning shortleaf pine/oak woodland communities. Over the next ten years MoPWR project will implement a variety of integrated management activities designed to restore over 88,000 acres of National Forest System lands within the pine and pine/oak-bluestem woodlands of the Current River and Cane Ridge Pinery areas.

    Central Hardwoods, Federal, Leslie, State, Action, Oak, Demonstration Projects, Fire and fuels, NGO, Private, MO

  • Engaged in sustainable forest management practices for more than 60 years, Pioneer Forest continues efforts to enhance the adaptive capacity of its Ozark woodland ecosystems. At 140,000 acres, the L-A-D Foundation’s Pioneer Forest is Missouri’s largest private land ownership. Since the early 1950s, this forest has employed a conservative, uneven-aged management method known as single-tree selection harvesting. Pioneer’s decades-long research of this successful method strongly indicates a truly sustainable forest management practice. Recognizing the importance of fire in managing shortleaf pine, foresters have developed fire prescriptions to reduce woody species encroachment, restore and maintain the targeted ecosystem, and enhance adaptive capacity to better cope with a range of future climates.

    Central Hardwoods, Leslie, Insect pests, Demonstration Projects, Evaluation, Fire and fuels, Diseases, Upland conifers, Private, Upland hardwoods, MO