Background - Fort
Leonard Wood is a 63,000 acre installation located in south-central
Missouri. It is within the Central
Hardwoods Bird Conservation Region (BCR24) and covered by PIF Ozarks
and Ouachitas Bird Conservation Plan (Physiographic Area 19). Fort
Leonard Wood bird populations are very diverse and the site comprises
a large portion of the Audubon-listed Important Bird Area Big
Piney Hill and is adjacent to the Mark Twain National Forest (Houston/Rolla/Cedar
Creek Ranger District).
NLCD 2001 imagery of Fort Leonard Wood,
MO and 20 km buffer (Nott,
M. P. and T. Morris. 2007. Performance Measure Analysis: Examples of
Comparing and Contrasting Installation-specific Demographics with Regional
Demographics and Landscape Characteristics PDF
Fort Leonard Wood is situated in a transition area where
the western edge of the Central Hardwoods region deciduous forest meets
the savanna tall-grass prairie. Dominant plant community types include
upland forest, bottomland forest, savanna, prairie, marsh, and swamp.
Forests (mainly oak-hickory with some sycamore-elm-soft maple) are the
principal vegetative type, covering approximately 75 percent of the
installation. MAPS stations are located primarily in deciduous forest
including bottomlands, uplands, and floodplains, but also in riparian
forest, oldfields, and a walnut plantation.
Management Issues - Existing management
plans for Fort Leonard Wood include fire management of successional
habitat as buffers to the risk of wildfire from range activities. MAPS
is detecting optimal successional habitat for Field Sparrows after prescribed
burn treatments. Stations have been strategically moved to monitor a
suite of species of management concern. IBP also monitors Cerulean Warblers
in riparian forest.
MAPS Monitoring (1993-2008) - The
MAPS Station Information
file contains descriptions and geographic location information for the
eight MAPS stations that have ever operated at Fort Leonard Wood. Stations
SMRI and MIRI were replaced in 2003 by BRCE and TIBO. Google Earth generated
maps of the Fort Leonard Wood location (LEON)
and of each currently operating station (BIPI,
TIBO) show the specific
arrangement of the nets and the associated vegetation.