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Slow canopy replacement allows for gradual adaptation of the forest dwellers, both plant and animal. Environmental impact is minimal. No replanting is done after a harvest as nature provides the means for this. No chemicals are used for brush/pest control. Clear cutting is occasionally used in very small areas to control infestations of wood borer insects. Areas clear-cut to date amount to less than 1% of the acreage. This is rarely necessary as general forestry practices employed in
The owners of the forest benefit from profits generated by an increasing supply and quality of wood, increasing demand, increasing market price, and low overhead from lack of replanting and low maintenance costs.
In the 53 years of its existence, most of
As a visionary, Leo Drey recognized the intrinsic value of some of the lands he purchased. Some were old growth virgin stands which he set aside and does not log. Many springs, mills, creeks and waterways of significant tourist value are found within the forest. Many of these are leased to Missouri DNR and are managed as state parks, historic sites and natural areas. Drey operates these philanthropic activities through the LAD Foundation. In 2004 Drey deeded the entire