The Ozark Society Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of Ozark Forest Forensics: The Science Behind the Scenery in Our Regional Forests by Fred Paillet and Steven Stephenson. This book interprets our natural surroundings in a way that enhances a simple walk in the scenic deciduous woodlands of the Ozark Mountain region. Explanations go beyond trees and their habitat to include other diverse subjects: the leaf litter beneath a hiker’s feet, strategies used by wildflowers for pollination and seed dispersal, diseases that can ravage our forests, and forces active in the landscape that impact conservation efforts. Simplified line drawings demonstrate specific points of interest in a way that visually cluttered photographs cannot do. Includes: 163 line drawings, a list of species used in the text, a glossary, and a reading list. Paperback; 342 pages; ISBN: 978-0-912456-28-7. $24.95 FRED PAILLET is adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas, where he conducts research and supervises student projects related to geophysics, hydrology and paleoecology. He earned his PhD from the University of Rochester in New York. STEVE STEPHENSON is a research professor at the University of Arkansas, where he teaches courses in plant biology, forest ecology and plant ecology. Stephenson earned his [...]
Dr. Kimberly Smith Dr. Kimberly Gray (Kim) Smith, member of the board of the Ozark Society Foundation since fall 2011 and chair since January 2013, passed away unexpectedly on April 9. As a Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, he served in many roles and oversaw and collaborated on research in many areas, resulting in over 300 professional publications. Four days before he died, Kim gave his retirement seminar, in which he said: “Be curious, be creative, challenge yourself to learn new things… and have fun doing what you do… I did.” Roy Senyard Roy was a lifelong advocate and lover of the outdoors. He spent decades working to preserve the integrity and beauty of the Arkansas wilderness through his passion for caring for The Ozark Highlands Trail. He was the longtime Maintenance Coordinator for the OHT, organizing the volunteers who keep the trail open by cutting back the side growth of trees and shrubs. If there was meaningful trail work to be done, Roy was the first person on the scene. Had trees from a storm fallen and blocked the trail? Roy gathered a team together and off [...]
Ozark Resources Watchdogs, The Trouble with Mussels, High-Pointing the States: Part Two
Ozark Society President Bob Cross has announced that a notice of intent (NOI) to sue the USDA’s Farm Service Agency was filed on May 6. The NOI was filed by the Buffalo River Watershed Alliance, the Ozark Society, and the National Parks Conservation Society because of the Farm Service Agency’s loan guarantee to establish a 6,500-head Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) hog farm on a tributary of the Buffalo National River. Review the Press Release and the NOI. Further information contact Bob Cross, email@example.com or (479) 466-3077.
The link below will take you to the National Park Service (NPS) Buffalo National River (BNR) press release page, which will give you current updates on the park: http://www.nps.gov/buff/parknews/newsreleases.htm
The Highlands Chapter shares some of its outings photos at the following link: https://picasaweb.google.com/millett4 https://picasaweb.google.com/LukeParsch