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MPF Ozark Karst Fen Field Trip

Join Kyle Steele of the U.S. Forest Service and Mike Leahy with the Missouri Department of Conservation for a special MPF field trip exploration of Ozark karst fens and related natural communities and habitats in the Kaintuck Valley area of the Mark Twain National Forest south of Rolla. We will learn about how hydrology, geology, soils, beavers, and human land uses have shaped these unique Ozark wetlands. We will learn about fen indicator plant species and some species common to both fens and Missouri prairies in addition to some interesting fauna associated with these sites. (Prior to the field trip, you may wish to watch a recording of MPF's webinar on Ozark fens, presented by Kyle Steele, Frank Nelson, and Justin Thomas, here.)

When: June 29, 2024

Where: Meet at 9:30 am at the Mark Twain National Forest Supervisor's Office

401 Fairgrounds Rd, Rolla, MO 65401

We will carpool/caravan from the forest service office about a half an hour south to the field trip sites. We’ll explore the fens between 10ish until mid-afternoon, taking a tailgate lunch in the field.

What to expect: heat, sun, wet ground, hike up to 3 miles (moderate), possibly annoying invertebrates (e.g., gnats, ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes).

What to bring: rubber knee boots or footwear you don’t mind getting wet/muddy, sun protection, water and hydration supplies, food/snacks, outdoor clothes, insect repellent, sun protection

Contact Information

We will send the Zoom link to this email address the week of the event.