Bush Honeysuckle — At Last
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...
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...
Questions about Non-Timber Forest Products
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...
Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest
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...