Points of Interest:
- An unusual wetland community surrounded by dry oak-pine woods.
- Important habitat for amphibians and rare plants.
Natural Features Description:
Sinkholes are formed from the collapse of an underground cavity or the slow dissolution of underlying calcareous bedrock. Sinkhole ponds form when the bed of a sinkhole is lined with impermeable clay and organic matter deposits that prevent water from draining. This sinkhole pond is typically wet in the winter and spring but often dries up in the summer and fall. Amphibian species such as spring peepers, gray treefrogs, spotted salamanders and American toads utilize these seasonal wetlands for raising their young. Interestingly sinkhole ponds in the Ozarks harbor wetland plant species more typically found in the southeast coastal plain. For example, epiphytic sedge, found in this pond more commonly grows on the bases of cypress trees in swamps. Other southeastern plants inhabiting this pond include Walter’s marsh St. John’s wort and swamp rose. The rare swamp loosestrife also inhabits the pond’s edges.
Lily Pond is owned by the L-A-D Foundation (http://www.pioneerforest.org/, 314-621-0230), which is dedicated to sustainable forest management and protection of exemplary natural and cultural areas in Missouri. Leo Drey, one of Missouri’s outstanding conservationists, began the Foundation in 1962. The Foundation’s properties also include Pioneer Forest, where sustainable forestry is practiced on more than 150,000 acres in the Missouri Ozarks. Missouri’s Natural Areas Program owes much to the pioneering work of Leo Drey and the L-A-D Foundation.
This is a difficult place to get to. Contact the L-A-D Foundation for access information.