September 24 - September 26

MONPS

Fall Field Trip

Join us September 24-26 for our final field trip of 2021! We will be visiting a virgin pine stand owned by the L-A-D Foundation in Shannon County, beautiful Alley Spring Natural Area, Mill Mountain Shut-in, and wrap up our weekend with a hike along Lick Log Hollow Trail. Our Friday evening speaker will be Mr. Dan Drees, Fire Ecologist for the National Park Service. Dan will talk about the success of restoring glades, woodlands, and fens in the Current River watershed. All gatherings will be held outdoors and local ordinances for masks and social distancing must be followed.


Friday, September 24

1:30PM

Virgin Pine Stand


We will visit a forest owned by the L-A-D Foundation and currently managed by Pioneer Forest, LLC. The area features one of the few remaining shortleaf pine stands that was spared from logging to maintain the scenic beauty of Highway 19. This is also a place where the last observation of the endangered red cockaded woodpecker was seen in Missouri in June of 1946. As one of MIssouri’s oldest pineries (a natural, old-growth pine forest) we will have the unique opportunity to observe the natural history of our state’s great forests.

Directions: From Round Spring, drive south on Highway 19 for 2 miles and turn east on County Rd 225, follow this road until you see the parking area.


Friday, September 24

7:00PM

Alley Spring Pavilion

Evening Speaker


Our Friday evening speaker will be Mr. Dan Drees, Fire Ecologist for the National Park Service.  Dan will talk about the success of restoring glades, woodlands, and fens in the Current River watershed (and has pictures to prove it).

Directions from Eminence to Alley Spring Pavilion: Head west on MO-106 W for five miles from Eminence. Turn right onto County Road 106-308 and the parking lot and pavilion will be on the left.



Saturday, September 25

9:00am

Alley Spring Natural Area


Home of Alley Spring, Missouri’s seventh largest natural spring, this natural area will provide several points of interest for our trip. We will meet at the parking lot of Alley Mill, set at the base of a scenic limestone bluff. This mill was built in the late 1800’s and utilizes the perennial flow of the spring that averages 81 million gallons of water per day. Our walk will take us through seeps, limestone outcroppings, and stands of old-growth white oak and short-leaf pine trees. According to the MDC website for the area, “A wide spectrum of Ozark natural communities typical of the Current River Hills region can be explored from springs and associated mesic upland forests to cherty dry woodlands and dolomite glades. Visitors can see plants such as wild hydrangea and walking fern near the spring and then ascend the hill to see shortleaf pine and low bush blueberry on dry cherty slopes.”

We will meet at Alley Mill at 9:00 and access Alley Spring Natural Area using nearby trails. For those wanting to caravan from Eminence, we will leave from the Riverside Motel at 8:30.


Saturday, September 25

12:30pm

Saturday lunch at Alley Spring Pavilion

Bring your own sack lunch and drink.

Directions from Eminence to Alley Spring Pavilion:

Head west on MO-106 W for five miles from Eminence. Turn right onto County Road 106-308 and the parking lot and pavilion will be on the left.


Saturday, September 25

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Mill Mountain Shut In


Mill Mountain is a rugged igneous knob formed of rhyolite that rises 400 feet above Rocky Creek at its base. The natural area contains igneous glades and associated dry woodlands and cliffs on steep, rocky northwest facing slopes. A talus slope of rhyolite boulders and cobbles is found on the south facing slopes of Mill Mountain below a large glade complex...Rocky Creek passes through a scenic shut-in at the base of Mill Mountain here. Shut-ins occur where a broader stream is “shut in” to a narrow canyon-like valley.

Directions: From Eminence travel east on Highway 106 for about 7.5 miles. Turn right (south) onto Highway H and travel for 4 miles to the intersection with Highway NN. Go left (east) onto Highway NN and travel for almost 3 miles. Right before crossing Rocky Creek turn right (south) to the gravel road and pull-off. Park here and look for Ozark Trail signs. The Ozark Trail hiking trail crosses Rocky Creek here and heads north toward the natural area. It is a half-mile hike heading north on the Ozark Trail from the Rocky Creek Highway NN bridge to the natural area.



Dinner on your own.

We do have the Alley Spring Pavilion available if people would like to bring their own food.


Saturday, September 25

7:00PM

Alley Spring Pavilion

MONPS Board Meeting


Sunday, September 26

9:00am

Angeline CA, Lick Log Hollow Trail


Lick Log Hollow Trail is a one-mile hike through an oak-pine forest and features a fen, a shut-in, and a dolomite glade. Located within the Angeline Conservation Area, spanning nearly 40,000 acres, Lick Log Hollow serves as an interpretive nature trail with a wooden bridge, benches, and signs.

Directions: From Eminence, go north on Hwy 19 for about 2 miles and turn right on County Rd. 205. About ½ mi, the drive to the parking lot will be on your right.

We will meet at the parking lot of Lick Log Hollow Trail at 9:00. For those wanting to caravan from Eminence, we will leave from the Riverside Motel at 8:45.



Area Hotels

Make your lodging reservations soon as it’s difficult for us to block rooms in advance. Be sure to make reservations and let them know you are with the Missouri Native Plant Society.

River’s Edge Inn and Resort

573-226-3291

19159 MO-19, Eminence

5 rooms held until Sept 3 but call ASAP

One person=$65, two=$75, three=$80, and four=$85

River’s Edge Inn and Resort

573-226-3233

16392 Tom Akers Rd, Eminence

Hotel $149, cheaper options are there for people willing to share cabins. Pay in advance!


Eagles Landing River Resort

573-226-5665

16273 Salter Lane, Eminence

Jack’s Fork River Cabins

573-226-6450

NEW place!  Only a few cabins available that weekend

Camping is also available!

If you’d like to camp, please contact Malissa Briggler (Malissa.briggler@mdc.mo.gov) . Location of camping site will depend on how many campers are coming.