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The Cross Timbers: Botany, History, and Current Issues

Rice, Stanley A. [1].

The Cross Timbers: Botany, History, and Current Issues.

The Cross Timbers forest is at the warm, dry edge of the eastern deciduous forest of North America, principally in Oklahoma and Texas. This forest is dominated by post and blackjack oaks (Quercus stellata and Q. marilandica), which form short, dense stands often on steep terrain and poor soils. Because of poor soil, steep slopes, and timber that is less marketable than that of most forests, a great deal of the Cross Timbers forest has been spared from logging and agriculture. Because much of the Cross Timbers forest has been spared from development, and because of its ecotonal position between eastern deciduous forest and prairie, this forest contains a wealth of plant species, some rare and endemic. This symposium reviews the historical and cultural importance of the Cross Timbers forest, the plants and soils of this forest, the effects of natural disturbances on this forest, and the efforts to identify and preserve primary stands of this forest. Publicity related to conservation efforts of the Cross Timbers forest is proving to be an important aspect of public education about the importance of botany and ecology.


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1 - Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Biological Sciences, Box 4027, Durant, Oklahoma, 74701, USA

Keywords:
Cross Timbers
biodiversity
human impact
conservation.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: 23-1
Location: Salon J - Austin Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
Time: 8:00 AM
Abstract ID:42


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