General Information on Pioneer Forest and the L-A-D Foundation

Directory of Missouri Natural Areas

This directory was published by the Missouri Natural Areas Committee in 1985. It was then updated and reprinted in 1996 and today the information is available online at where you can search by area, county, or in other ways. There is a description of each site, its size, location, and maps. Most of the Foundation's areas have been included.

Discover Missouri Natural Areas

This new book sampling a variety of the natural across Missouri and written by Michael Leahy was published in 2011. Photos from a couple of the Foundation's natural areas are included and Clifty Creek Natural Area is among the 50 which are described in the book. CLICK HERE for more information.

L-A-D Foundation (brochure)

This tri-fold brochure provides an overview of our mission and the work we do. CLICK HERE to view the brochure in printable PDF format. (right click and "save as" to save).

Landowner's Guide to Sustainable Forestry: Maximizing Profits while Protecting Water Quality

This DVD was produced by the Model Forest Policy Program in 2006 to show how sustainable forest practices provide for protection of water quality. The film features foresters and landowners from around the country, but particularly Missouri, Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina, discussing how forests can be managed by landowners to produce income while at the same time protecting water quality and quantity, aquatic and terrestrial wildlife habitat, soil, and aesthetics. The L-A-D Foundation's Pioneer Forest is highlighted. Copies are available from the Model Forest Policy Program, P.O. Box 328, Sagle, Idaho 83860. CLICK HERE for more information:

Missouri Forests: the New Challenge of Biofuels

Journalism students from the University of Missouri Columbia spent time on Pioneer Forest. Read one of their stories here

Missouri's Virgin Pine Walk & Pioneer Forest Interpretive Drive

Designed as a self-guiding resource, this 16-page booklet offers useful insights into one of Missouri's old-growth "pineries" and the adjacent 2-mile long interpretive drive through Pioneer Forest. Printed in 2005. CLICK HERE to view the brochure (right click and "save as" to save).

Pioneer Forest (video)

A 12-minute video clip from the 2006 Missouri Outdoors programs produced by the Missouri Department of Conservation and archived here with permission. Click here to view this video.

Pioneer Forest (brochure)

A tri-fold pamphlet highlighting the forest. Reprinted in 1997. Click here to view brochure (right click and "save as" to save).

Putting Down Roots

Overview of the Foundation's work since 1962 written by Brett Dufur, Missouri Conservationist July 2012, 73 (7): 18-21. To read click here

Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry

This is one of the Midwest's destinations for primitive outdoor recreation. Totaling 61,000 acres, this area is part of the larger Pioneer Forest where the Himont Trailhead, a former fire tower location, connects hikers with extensive backpacking routes into Brushy Creek, the Current River, and the 300-mile long Ozark Trail through southern Missouri. Click here to view brochure (right click and "save as" to save)

Timber Baron Preserves Giant Ozarks Forest: Over Decades, Leo Drey Proved Money, Trees Can Grow Together

In 2004 National Public Radio's Greg Allen visited Missouri to capture the Pioneer Forest story for radio listeners. Listen here