Resource Management

Prospectus

Mark Twain National Forest is looking for campground managers to operate nine national forest campgrounds, their associated recreation areas, and one rental cabin. Prospectus Info

 

The Mark Twain National Forest manages for a variety of resource values.  Read on for more information about some of the resource work in which we are currently engaged.

Pasture field divided by fencing, removed, showing regrowth on the left and recently grazed on right

Grazing Management

Rangelands form a component of ecosystems in the Mark Twain National Forest. Vegetative communities represented include: grasslands, shrub-lands, woodlands, riparian ecosystems, and open canopied forests. Forest rangelands are managed with the goal of providing healthy ecosystems and sustainable resource uses. Well-managed rangelands provide wildlife habitat, livestock forage, stable watersheds, and recreational opportunities.

picture of garlic mustard, a non-native invasive species

Invasive Species

Non-native invasive species are seriously affecting forest resources in the  United States and will alter the landscape and disrupt critical ecosystem functions.

Firefighter Philip Taggard conducting burnout to secure fireline

Prescribed Burning

The Mark Twain National Forest prescribed burn program focuses treatment on priority landscapes to meet goals and objectives stated in the 2005 Land & Resource Management Plan. As of 2015, there are about 244,410 acres (16% of total Forest acres) designated as Priority burn acres. These are the acres (or “footprint”) that the Forest intends to manage into the future, with prescribed burning as part of the treatment, to create and maintain sustainable, healthy, woodland and glade natural communities.

Road washout

Travel Management

The U.S. Forest Service is committed to balancing your needs for access to the National Forests & Prairie with the responsibility to sustain a productive, diverse, and healthy forest. As part of this commitment, the Forest Service performed a forest-by-forest road analysis (also known as Travel Analysis – Subpart A) intended to guide future road management planning and address concerns about the future sustainability of the National Forest/Prairie road system. This analysis was not a decision, but was intended to recommend a minimum road system that takes into consideration access for the public and forest management activities, environmental impacts, public input, and budget constraints. Currently, all road analyses are being reviewed and then will be made available.

 

Timber Sale and Stewardship Contracting Information, Forms and Contacts

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Contacts

Addresses for Timber Sale Payments

RSS Feed

Timber sales now have a Rich Site Summary (RSS) feed. When you subscribe to the feed it will email you every time a new timber sale or stewardship sale is added, with a link to the sale. Most email services are RSS Feed Readers, you will need to find the specific instructions for your email service (ex.: gmail, yahoo, outlook) on how to add the feed to your email.

  1. Right click on the RSS icon or button.
  2. Select Copy Link Location to copy the URL of the feed.
  3. Go to your RSS Feed Reader.
  4. Paste the URL into your Feed reader.

Features

Vegetation Management with Prescriptive Goat Grazing

Field with a fence with Goats grazing in the background.

In 2001 the Forest Service designated 4 open pastures, totaling 125 acres, as a permitted cattle grazing allotment called “Mark Twain Allotment,” for its proximity to the Mark Twain School in Taney County. It was grazed annually by cattle with oversight from the Forest Service until 2016. From the winter of 2017 to mid-summer of 2018 no grazing or active vegetation management took place, resulting in expansion of present Sericea lespedeza infestations, and dense woody encroachment in several pastures.


Timber Sales


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Mark Twain Substantial Overriding Public Interest

On April 10, 2020, the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Agriculture determined that there is a Substantial Overriding Public Interest (SOPI) in extending certain National Forest System timber sale contracts for up to two years, through a combination of Market Related Contract Term Addition (MRCTA) and SOPI.

Timber Sale: High Plains Drifter

The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at Salem Ranger District Office, 1301 South Main St. Salem, MO 65560 (573) 729-6656 at 11:00 AM local time on 05/07/2020

Timber Sale: Tomcat

The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at Eleven Point Ranger District Office, #4 Confederate Ridge Road, Doniphan, MO. 63935 (573) 996-2153 at 2:00 PM local time on 05/07/2020

Timber Sale: Rock House Hollow Salvage

The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at Houston Ranger District 108 S. Sam Houston Blvd, Houston, MO 65483 at 1:00 PM local time on 05/06/2020

Timber Sale: Red Leg Salvage

The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at Salem Ranger District Office, 1301 South Main St. Salem, MO 65560 (573) 729-6656 at 1:00 PM local time on 05/07/2020

Timber Sale: Tree Pig

The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at Salem Ranger District Office, 1301 South Main St. Salem, MO 65560 (573) 729-6656 at 11:00 AM local time on 06/11/2020

Timber Sale: Badger Salvage

The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at Houston Ranger District 108 S. Sam Houston Blvd, Houston, MO 65483 at 1:00 PM local time on 05/13/2020

Timber Sale: Deepwell Salvage

The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at Eleven Point Ranger District Office, #4 Confederate Ridge Road, Doniphan, MO. 63935 (573) 996-2153 at 2:00 PM local time on 05/28/2020

Timber Sale: Buck Shot Savage

The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at Salem Ranger District Office, 1301 South Main St. Salem, MO 65560 (573) 729-6656 at 1:00 PM local time on 06/11/2020.

Timber Sale: Foothills Salvage

The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at Eleven Point Ranger District Office, #4 Confederate Ridge Road, Doniphan, MO. 63935 (573) 996-2153 at 2:00 PM local time on 07/09/2020

Key Contacts

Timber Sales

Jason Loos
573-341-7440

Grazing Management

Brain Davidson
573-341-7414



https://www.fs.usda.gov/resources/mtnf/landmanagement/resourcemanagement