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The Cross Timbers: Botany, History, and Current Issues

Stahle, David [1].

The Ancient Cross Timbers Consortium.

The Cross Timbers form the frontier between the eastern deciduous forest and the grasslands of the southern Great Plains, and may have covered some 17.9 million acres. This great ecotone preserves some of the most extensive tracts of ancient forest left in the eastern United States, and offers exceptional public and private conservation opportunities. These rugged old-growth woodlands were not commercially important, but have high ecological integrity and preserve vital components of our eroding biodiversity. They form a key link in the oak archipelago that extends from Central America into southeastern Canada, and provide essential habitat for many species, including neotropical migratory birds. The Ancient Cross Timbers Consortium (http://www.uark.edu/xtimber) was established in 2003 to unite educational institutions, government agencies, conservation organizations, and individuals around the research, educational, and conservation opportunities presented by the extensive old-growth forest remnants in this ecosystem.


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1 - University of Arkansas, Tree Ring Laboratory, Department of Geosciences, Ozark Hall 113, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72701, USA

Keywords:
old growth forest
Cross Timbers forest
conservation.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: 23-3
Location: Salon J - Austin Grand Ballroom/Hilton
Date: Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
Time: 8:45 AM
Abstract ID:500


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