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2013 Missouri Oak Mast Survey Report

Oak mast is a very important source of fall and winter food for many species of wildlife, particularly in the heavily forested portions of the state. Fluctuations in mast production can exert a strong influence on wildlife species that depend on mast crops for food, and can influence fall and winter wildlife movements.  Additionally, mast production is essential for oak regeneration and persistence in the short-term and migration of oak species in response to environmental changes over longer time scales (e.g., climate change). The Missouri Department of Conservation has conducted an annual survey of mast production since 1960.

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