60-acre forest near Eureka joins Smithsonian survey on climate change

13 January 2014

The 60-acre plot of mostly oak and hickory trees just north of Interstate 44 is not readily distinguishable from any other sprawling forest at the foothills of the Ozarks.

But it soon may play a key role in predicting how forests could mediate the effects of climate change.

Most of the plot’s trees and new tree stems, more than 39,000 of them in fact, have been mapped, tagged and identified, a project that took Jonathan Myers, an assistant professor of biology at Washington University, and others the better part of three years.

In November, the plot, at the university’s Tyson Research Center, situated between Lone Elk and West Tyson county parks near Eureka, was named a Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatory.

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