Long valued as a medicinal plant, ginseng is an annual crop in the United States and Canada valued in excess of $25 million, but overzealous collection is causing serious concern about the survival of American ginseng in the forest ecosystem.
American lotus is just one of the several species of “lilies” or floating leaved plants that grow in Pool 1. It provides shade and oxygen for the fish below, but can also crowd out other plants and fishermen because of its broad, round leaves.
MDC protects and manages Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife resources. We also facilitate your participation in resource-management activities, and we provide opportunities for you to use, enjoy and learn about nature. Read more about our mission.