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Long-awaited Field Guide Published by Ozark Society Foundation; ANHC's Witsell is Co-Author

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Friday, December 18, 2020

The Ozark Society Foundation (OSF) has published “Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Arkansas,” a long-awaited comprehensive field guide to woody plants across Arkansas. With 536 pages, 1,500 color photographs, illustrations, and maps, this new publication serves as the essential Arkansas field guide for outdoor use.

The book is co-authored by Jennifer Ogle, botanist and collections manager of the University of Arkansas (UA) Herbarium; Theo Witsell, ecologist and chief of research for the ANHC; Johnnie Gentry, former director and curator of the UA Herbarium and emeritus professor of biology at the UA.

As well as serving as a field guide, the book also provides an invaluable reference for schools, libraries, outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, hunters, and amateur botanists. It includes descriptions of 471 woody plants, up-to-date information on species names, ranges, and habitats as well as updated county-level distribution maps, 16 plates of botanical illustrations, and cultural and historical information about the plants and habitats of the state.

“Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Arkansas” can be purchased through the UA Press at

The OSF was established as a nonprofit organization in 1975 and works with the Ozark Society and other state organizations to support and promote conservation, education, and recreation activity in the Ozark-Ouachita region and surrounding lowlands. The OSF is a major publisher of high-quality conservation and nature-related books about the Ozark-Ouachita mountain region. For more information on the OSF, visit



Top — Cover of the "Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Arkansas" field guide.

Bottom — A snapshot of some of the inside pages of "Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Arkansas."

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