Quercus Flatwoods Natural Area
Points of Interest:
- Old-growth post oaks.
- See a once extensive community type on the broad flat ridges of the Ozarks.
Natural Features Description: Slow-growing post, blackjack and white oaks grow here. Some post oaks exceed 200 years in age. These stunted trees grow this way because of the soils here. The silty soils have a fragipan, a root restricting layer at three feet below the surface. Under the fragipan is a red cherty clay material. These soils typically have low soil moisture in the summer and tree roots are unable to tap into subsoil moisture because of the fragipan. Hence the community here, a flatwoods, is dominated by slow growing drought resistant oaks.
This natural area is part of the George O. White State Forest Nursery. George O. White State Forest Nursery is north of Licking on Highway 63, one mile west on Route CC, then two miles south on Shafer Road. From the nursery office take area road 1829 heading west. This road dead ends within the natural area. Hunting is permitted.