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Ozark Summit 2010

 

Ozark Summit 2010 was held in Oklahoma and expanded participation to include many students and the Cherokee Nation. The Summit was opened with a ceremony and dance led by members of the Cherokee Nation. World Cafe sessions alternated with technical paper sessions. Details, abstracts and speaker bios can be found in the Summit 2010 Program.

Multiple breakout groups discussed various Ozark resource management issues and participants developed ideas for potential proposals for the Gulf Coastal Plain and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Breakout group products are summarized here.

Living on Karst: Sustainable Management of Ozark Ecosystems

Hosted by US Fish and Wildlife Service, Land Legacy, Northeastern State University, and US Geological Survey.

The 2010 Summit addressed multiple issues affecting Ozark natural resources on a landscape scale, across state and regional boundaries.

Ozark forest landscape


Purpose

To provide the leadership needed to sustain the biologically rich, nationally-significant resources of the Ozark Plateau by improving natural resource management, research, monitoring, and conservation success. The Ozark Summit 2010 strengthened partnerships among Department of Interior and other federal agencies, state and tribal governments, educational institutions, private conservation organizations, and landowners. The aim was to encourage more effective use of resources by coordinating landscape-scale research and resource management of Ozark ecosystems, on which many local communities and economies depend.

Participants

Summit 2010 registrants included representatives from the Cherokee Nation, US Geological Survey, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, along with resource agency representatives from five states (MO, AR, OK, KS, IL), private conservation organizations, landowners and businesses.

     

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