With its two -mile “Trail Through Time,” Pickle Springs Natural Area is a favorite with hikers. Fall is an especially good time for families to enjoy a self-guided nature hike through this unusual forest landscape. Children will love the creek, natural spring, abundant plants and many scenic views of sandstone cliffs, canyons, knobs and other “hoodoos”—fantastic rock formations sculpted by wind and water over millions of years. Wooden signs throughout the area bear these features’ whimsical names, such as Double Arch, Terrapin Rock and Owl’s Den Bluff. Although this beautiful National Natural Landmark is great fun for people, it also serves as prime habitat for many of Missouri’s native forest plants and animals. Expect to see partridge berry, azalea, white oak, shortleaf pine, dogwood, serviceberry and cinnamon fern. Deer, squirrels and turkey are also abundant. This diverse natural area is truly one of the most glorious forests in Missouri.
“Excellent utilization of all material and careful consideration for aesthetics” ranked high among the reasons MDC gave Lawrence W. Young of Winona the prized State Logger of the Year Award for 2008. If your logging operation meets these criteria and you are current with the Professional Timber Harvesters training, contact a professional forester and have him or her look at your work. Your operation may be nominated for recognition in the near future. To learn more about the State Logger Award, see the links listed below.
Fall brings more than a wealth of colors to Missouri’s landscape. The season of splendor also yields millions in rural tourism. The Missouri Department of Tourism estimates that in 2007 roughly 700,000 people traveled in Missouri during the months of September and October. These travelers reported rural sightseeing as an activity on their trip and spent approximately $44 million dollars. These figures mean that all Missourians have an economic stake in the health and beauty of our trees and forests. Whether you manage a few landscape trees or a family forest, you have access to the latest tree and forest health information and practices. Explore the links listed below to help you make the most of your landscape trees and forest resources.
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