Uncovering a Gem
conduct a prescribed burn. Burning a glade can be very challenging due to the downed trees, but it is critical to the restoration process. It rejuvenates the native plant community and reduces the amount of invading trees and other plants.
If the mere thought of conducting a prescribed burn causes your blood pressure to rise, you’ll be happy to know that the Conservation Department conducts prescribed-burning workshops that can teach you the methods, safety measures and knowledge you will need to conduct a prescribed burn on your glade. Contact your regional office for more information about prescribed burn workshops (see page 1 for a list of regional office phone numbers).
Visit a Glade
Not everyone has a glade on their property, but the Conservation
Department has several glades that people can visit for wildlife viewing or
nature study. Some of the glades listed are in the process of being restored.
- Spring Creek Gap Conservation Area (CA) in Maries County
- Ruth and Paul Henning CA in Taney County
- Hughes Mountain Natural Area (NA) in Washington County
- Lichen Glade NA in St. Clair County
- Caney Mountain CA in Ozark County
- Wildcat Glade NA in Newton County
- Danville CA in Montgomery County
- Valley View Glades NA in Jefferson County
- Victoria Glades CA in Jefferson County
Private Land Glade Restoration
Grant and Tracy Woods and their daughters, Raleigh and Rea, restored 220 acres of limestone glade nestled in the beautiful hills of southwestern Missouri.
The Woods family enjoys exploring and spending time on their property, whether it be glade, streams or in the woodlands. They brought back glade habitat by removing eastern red cedars and using prescribed burning. The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service provided them with technical assistance and information before and during the project.
Grant said glade restoration was hard work, but it was worth it. He said he’s already seen different colors of wildflowers all year round on a recently restored glade.
“We have taken our least productive wildlife habitat, and turned it into our most productive wildlife habitat and cover areas,” he said.
Public Land Glade Restoration
The Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, on the west side of Branson and just a few miles from the Woods’ farm, has about 350 acres of glades among its 1,534 acres. Most of the glade habitat is within the White River Balds Natural Area.
The Conservation Department began work to restore these glades in the early 1990s. Conservation Department Resource Forester Greg Cassell said the dolomite and limestone glades in the natural area now represent some of the highest quality glades in the Midwest.
He said the Department continues to manage the glades to maintain and improve the wildlife habitat they provide.
“Although it is a challenge to manage glades in an increasingly urban area,” Cassell said, “the Henning Conservation Area glades represent an important and unique habitat that should be protected and maintained for all to enjoy—now and in the future.”
The conservation area has walking trails and three observation decks for people to enjoy the beauty the glades have to offer. A brochure on Ruth and Paul Henning CA is available from the Southwest Regional Office at (417) 895-6880, or visit online.
Images from top left:
Chipmunk, Eastern towhee, Indian
paintbrush, Tarantula, Missouri
primrose, Coneflower, Six-lined
racerunner, Indigo bunting
- Eastern collared lizard
- Fence lizard
- Six-lined racerunner
- Three-toed box turtle
Western pygmy rattlesnake
- Blazing star
- Calamint (or pennyroyal)
- Compass plant
- Indian paintbrush
- Pale purple coneflower
- Prairie dock
- Prickly pear cactus
- Missouri primrose
- Smoke tree
- Bachman’s sparrow
- Carolina chickadee
- Common nighthawk
- Great-crested flycatcher
- Greater roadrunner
- Indigo bunting
- Tufted titmouse
- Eastern towhee
- Eastern chipmunk
- White-tailed deer