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Lopping Bush Honeysuckle — At Last
by Doris Sherrick
A dozen people got a good workout, enjoyed each others company and made a valuable contribution toward protecting the native plants in Hidden Valley Natural Area Sunday March 6. Other workdays scheduled in January and February had to be cancelled because of cold or rain, but our patience and determination were finally rewarded with a lovely, sunny day. More...

Mark Twain National Forest Plan Released:
Your Comments Needed!

by David Anderson, THB Chair
This winter, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) published two important documents about the Mark Twain National Forest (MNTF).The National Forest Management Act requires the USFS to develop a Forest Plan for each National Forest every 15 years. Since the last Forest Plan for the MNTF was finished in 1986, a new one is overdue. More...

Common Questions about Non-Timber Forest Products
What are Non-Timber Forest Products?
Non-timber forest products (NTFPs), also referred to as Special Forest Products, encompass all forest species other than tree parts used for timber. They include both commercial and potentially commercial species. NTFP is not a biological category but rather a political/economic category useful for highlighting the lost value when timber is the primary focus of forest managers. Missouri forests have both an extensive diversity and density of NTFPs. Examples of NTFPs in Missouri include wild mushrooms, ferns, ornamental plants, floral greens, medicinal plants, cones, and much more. More...

Protecting Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest
 Jan. 2003 Like many other environmental issues, we face daunting challenges in our on going efforts to protect Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF). Earlier we reported that MTNF faced the prospect of increased logging and lead mining after several years of relative quiet. While opposing commercial projects in the national forests is, in itself, a difficult task, there is a new twist: the Bush Administration is attempting to change the rules of the game so that the public (including the Sierra Club and other conservation groups) is effectively cut out of the process. More...