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University of Missouri-Columbia research associate professor ermeritus of forest health and mycology, Johann Bruhn, says climate change is already affecting Ozark forests. Bruhn travels with Citizen Climate Lobby Missouri co-coordinator, George Laur, educating the public. The USDA Forest Service has launched an online Climate Change Resource Center to provide guidance.

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Vegetation and invasive plant species along thousands of miles of roads in 11 Arkansas counties could be controlled under a proposed management plan. The plan was proposed in January by the Big Piney, Pleasant Hill and Boston Mountain ranger districts of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest. A draft environmental assessment will be issued in June.

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The Southern Region U.S. National Forest Service has waived all campground fees until further notice in Texas and ten other states, including Arkansas, for individuals displaced by the recent flooding in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane Harvey, as well as Hurricane Irma evacuees. We speak with Ouachita National Forest Deputy Public Affairs officer Terrence Peck, headquartered in Hot Springs.

Jacqueline Froelich

Mark Twain National Forest is proposing restoration of Butler Hollow in southern Barry County, Missouri along the Arkansas border. The Ozark Highlands preserve was originally a white oak-savannah, rich with glades. Decades of logging and fire suppression eventually transformed the forest into a dense red oak-cedar habitat. And as Jacqueline Froelich reports, certain residents who cherish the forest in its present state want it left alone.

The U.S.D.A. Forest Service is planning to harvest nearly 2000 acres of trees and thin an additional 1400 acres at a place called Locust Gap in Madison County on the Ozark National Forest. Rangers say the aging forest needs tending to stay healthy. But as Jacqueline Froelich reports, certain residents want the forest left alone.

MUSIC: "Pretty Girl from Locust" by The Avett Brothers