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From Missouri Conservationist: Oct 1998

Maple Woods Natural Area

Sunlight filters through the forest canopy at Maple Woods Natural Area in Clay County. Warm sunny days followed by cool nights lead to the formation of rich red and orange pigments in the leaves of sugar maple, sweetgum and oaks. Yellow pigment, present throughout the growing season, becomes visible when the green chlorophyll in leaves breaks down. - Jim Rathert

This Issue's Staff

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Assistant Editor - Charlotte Overby
Managing Editor - Jim Auckley
Art Editor - Dickson Stauffer
Designer - Tracy Ritter
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Composition - Libby Bode Block
Circulation - Bertha Bainer