Ozarks and the Current River
An ancient, unglaciated landscape, the Ozarks are home to 407 species of global conservation significance with more than 160 endemic species. The beauty of the Ozarks draws millions of visitors from around the world.
The Ozarks are a geologically remarkable place and encompass an incredible variety of habitats from caves, springs, and fens to oak woodlands, savannas, and glades.
The Current River provides critical breeding habitat for migratory birds and shelters the best known populations of 25 globally significant species, including the 100-million-year-old Ozark hellbender salamander.
The Ozarks provides ample opportunity to become immersed in nature. Popular activities include hiking, rock climbing, camping, bird watching, kayaking, and fishing.
Many of the best rivers in the region are increasingly threatened by pollution, run-off, and gravel mining in streambeds.
With a generous gift from Howard and Joyce Wood, the Conservancy is working with private landowners to promote sustainable forest management, which is critical to the health of neighboring rivers.
Controlled fire, an effective management tool used in the Ozarks, removes dead vegetation, encourages new growth, and prevents the infiltration of brush and non-native plants.
A team of Conservancy scientists conducts vegetation sampling on the Chilton Creek Preserve in the Ozarks, as part of one of the nation's most significant long-term studies on the management of woodland ecosystems.
With diligence, sound science, and donor support, the Conservancy will help keep the waters clear and the woodlands vibrant in the Missouri Ozarks.