• LOCATION — Compton Hollow Conservation Area is located in Webster County, Mo., between Rogersville and Marshfield. The area can be reached by taking exit 96 on I-44 and traveling south on State Highway B for 5 miles to Compton Hollow Road.
• HISTORY — The conservation area is 840 acres of oak-hickory forest that is managed for wildlife habitat, timber production, forest health, and outdoor recreation. The area consists of two university tracts that were combined with land purchased from a private landowner in the mid-1980s.
Additional purchases were made later that increased the size to the current 840 acres. Various management activities can be seen including timber stand improvement, prescribed burning, invasive species management, and timber harvesting.
Compton Hollow CA contains two distinct natural features — several small dolomite glades and a dry-mesic chert woodland. The forested areas are managed by dividing the forest into stands based on characteristics such as topography, tree species, and soil type.
A forest inventory is conducted on each stand to determine the density of the trees and the tree species present. A forest management plan is then written for each stand based on the inventory data and to reach desired management objectives.