Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub
    Author(s): David Benac; Susan Flader
    Date: 2004
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-73. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 36-41
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
    PDF: View PDF  (248 KB)

    Description

    The era of timber exploitation and early conservation in the Missouri Ozarks occurred roughly from 1880 to 1950, beginning when large timber companies moved into the region to harvest the pine and oak of the valleys and ridgelines. Pine was largely depleted by 1910, but oak harvest continued. Resident Ozarkers, who came largely from a tradition of subsistence hunting, gathering, and basic farming, frequently resisted the efforts of both timber companies, such as the Missouri Lumber and Mining Company, and governmental agencies to bring modernization and industrial productivity to the region. As a result, governmental conservation developed later in Missouri than in neighboring states. The federal government created its first national forests in Missouri in 1933, and the state did not establish a permanent agency devoted to forestry until 1937. The struggle to control access to the region’s forest resources and culture remained a prominent issue throughout the era. The legacy remains today in forests with an abnormally high percentage of cull and continued resistance of Ozarkers to governmental regulation.

    Publication Notes

    • You may send email to pubrequest@fs.fed.us to request a hard copy of this publication.
    • (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
    • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.

    Citation

    Benac, David; Flader, Susan. 2004. History of Missouri Forests in the Era of Exploitation and Conservation. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-73. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. pp. 36-41

    Related Search


    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page
https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/6491