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Table Lu02: Land-use changes on parts of the rural Ozarks landscape

Table Lu02. Sequence of land-use changes on parts of the rural Ozarks landscape. Data is for the following Missouri counties: Butler, Carter, Crawford, Dent, Howell, Iron, Laclede, Oregon, Pulaski, Phelps, Reynolds, Shannon, Texas, Wright (Jacobson and Primm 1994).
Period Uplands Valley Slopes Valley Bottoms
Pre-settlement before 1800 Patchy prarie and oak savannah Thick oak-hickory and yellow pine Thick deciduous forest
Early-settlement 1800-1880 Patchy prarie, used for grazing and minor row crops Thick oak-hickory with minor cutting Cleared for pasture and row crops
Timber-boom 1880-1920 Cutover, fire supression Cut over Cleared for pasture and row crops
Post-timber-boom 1920-1960 Increasing pasture, row crops Woodland grazing, seasonal burning Cleared for pasture and row crops, open-range grazing
Recent 1960-present (1993) Increased grazing and row crops Woodland grazing, managed timber little burning Cleared for pasture and row crops with some reversion to forest

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