8. Oakwood Bottoms 1

Greentree reservoirs are bottomland hardwood forests that are artificially flooded during the fall and winter to imitate the natural flooding of the river bottoms, making foods such as acorns available to waterfowl. The goal is to match the natural fluctuating hydro-periods of a historically  unmodified  wetland  ecosystems. Mallards, wood ducks and other dabbling ducks are the primary target species for management, but a diverse assortment of plants and animals also benefit. Individual wetlands function as part of a larger system that provides the required resources for waterfowl. The Oakwood Bottoms area was purchased by the U.S. Forest Service between the years of 1936-1938 and the first stages of construction on the Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir began in 1964.

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