Shut-In Mountain Fens contain examples of the driest and wettest natural communities in Missouri, creating a very diverse ecological community and habitat.
Why You Should Visit
The preserve is named for its two most significant features-a series of three small fen communities along Wildcat Hollow and Shut-In Mountain, a 350 foot rugged rhyolite dome. During late fall through early spring, the view from the top of Shut-In Mountain provides stunning scenery in all directions.
Why TNC Selected This Site
The wetland fens of the preserve are the most diverse wetlands of this type in the Ozarks. The stunted blackjack oak forest on Shut-In Mountain represents one of the least disturbed examples of this community type in the Current River Valley.
What TNC Has Done/Is Doing
Restoration work at the site includes frequent management using controlled burns to reduce woody shrubs and stimulate rare plant reproduction in the fen communities. Detailed vegetation monitoring in the woodlands surrounding the fens provides insight into the ecological response of these woodlands to frequent fire.