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Forest in a Looking Glass

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Published on: Dec. 2, 2003

Last revision: Nov. 12, 2010

growing mainly on branches, others on tree trunks and still others at tree bases. Only a quarter of the species occurred across all of these vertical "habitats." Interestingly, while tree species was important in determining which lichens species were present, tree size did not seem to influence lichen species composition. The lichen species present and how many there were depended on whether it was a red oak tree, a white oak tree, or a different species.

Future

The future for MOFEP is bright. Research on the effects of forest management will continue. The interval between harvests, originally expected to be 10 years, has been lengthened to 15 years to reflect the timing of harvest on the rest of Conservation Department lands.

On MOFEP, about 10 percent or so of the forest will be harvested at each entry. These new harvest stands will be different from those harvested in 1996, although some may be adjacent.

With another series of cuts under MOFEP's belt, scientists can see if their conclusions hold up or need to be modified. Some effects will increase due to the increasing proportion of area that has been harvested. Others might not change at all.

There are very few long-term studies of disturbance and forest ecosystems in North America. Fewer still attempt to integrate so many elements into one project. MOFEP will continue to grow in value and importance as time marches on.

To Learn More about MOFEP

  • The MOFEP web page.
  • John Kabrick and David Larsen. 1999. Aspect Affects Oak and Pine Basal Area and Site Index in Ozark Forests. Missouri Department of Conservation Notes for Forest Managers Report #2.
  • John Kabrick and Randy Jensen. 1999. Diameter Growth Rates for Tree Species of Missouri Ozark Forests. Missouri Department of Conservation Notes for Forest Managers Report #3.
  • David R. Larsen. 1999. Girard Form Class Trends from the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project. Missouri Department of Conservation Notes for Forest Managers Report #4.

U. S. Forest Service Publications:

  • Brookshire, Brian and Stephen Shifley. 1997. Proceedings of the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project symposium: An experimental approach to landscape research. St. Paul, MN: U.S.D.A. Forest Service North Central Forest Experiment Station General Technical Report NC-193. 378 p.
  • Shifley, Stephen and Brian Brookshire. 2000. Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project: Site history, soils, landforms, woody and herbaceous vegetation, down wood, and inventory methods for the landscape experiment. St. Paul, MN: U.S.D.A. Forest Service North Central Forest Experiment Station General Technical Report NC-208. 314 p.

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