At its most simple definition, “glade” means an open space in a forest. Here in the Ozarks, it is just a little more complicated. Realize that our mountains — vastly older than magnificent Rocky Mountain peaks or craggy Appalachian ledges — were worn down by erosion endless ages past.
When traveling into the Ozarks from the north, you do not drive up into the mountains, but rather slowly down into an increasingly hilly, eroded, landscape. As this erosion took place, some hillsides were washed clear of most any soil, especially on south and westward facing slopes. Ozark glades formed. These slopes absorb hot afternoon sunlight, and now only certain animals and plants can live here.
Wildflower specialist and Master Naturalist, Joan Reynolds, will address the unique plant and animal communities that are specific to our Ozark glades. According to Reynolds, “These land features are sometimes referred to as balds or barrens. Glades are essentially shallow, rocky soils with exposed bedrock characterized by an abundance of wildflowers and native grasses, with only a few trees and shrubs. Periodic fires and local conditions of topography, bedrock and soil greatly influence glade development. Today, eastern red cedar has taken over most of our natural glades and the wildlife that we used to find there.”
Reynolds will also explain what has taken place at the large glade restoration on Hobbs State Park. Many Master Naturalists and members of the Friends of Hobbs worked together with Park staff to remove hundreds of eastern red cedar trees to allow plants and animals native to Ozark glades to once again return and flourish.
When: Saturday June 23, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
For more information, call: 479-789-5000