As the weekend journey began, the view from the bus quickly transitioned from flat, abundant cropland to endless hills and forests. We quickly learned these forests play a large role in the Ozark’s economy.
Sawmills, loggers and trucking operations are abundant in the hills. At Spencer Lumber Company we learned the process of making a piece of wood. We also witnessed an oak tree being cut and learned about the issue of woody vegetation. The Ozark communities use these techniques to be profitable and practice safe tree harvesting.
We also learned about caves, sinkholes and springs. All three are related, which is a neat concept to grasp.
Today I enjoyed learning new things about Missouri’s forestry and caves. I have a greater appreciation for paper, wood chips and drinking water, too. I look forward to more field reporting tomorrow and the new experiences to come.
-Carah Hart, Edited by Joe Pecoraro