Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
The Ozark and St. Francis National Forests are generously endowed with diverse flora, including more than 500 species of trees and woody plants. Hardwoods such as oak and hickory occupy 65% of these 1.2 million acres of forest land in northern Arkansas.
Recreational opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, and wildlife viewing are plentiful.
Visitors to the Ozark and St. Francis National Forests can visit the tallest mountain in the state of Arkansas, Mount Magazine, and a living underground cave, Blanchard Springs Caverns.
What We Are Doing
Severe loss of oak trees is currently affecting more than 350,000 acres of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, with another 300,000 acres showing moderate tree loss. While there is no single cause for oak decline, old age combined with severe droughts have left oak trees susceptible to disease and insect problems, including red oak borer infestations.
By planting oak trees in these forests, we are part of a strategic plan to restore as many acres as possible to oak forest. So far, we have planted 218,893 trees to help restore the forest to a healthy, thriving condition while providing habitat for wildlife and protecting soil and water.