Homochitto National Forest
|Homochitto National Forest|
|Location||Mississippi, United States|
|Nearest city||Brookhaven, MS|
|Area||191,839 acres (776.34 km2)|
|Established||July 20, 1936|
|Governing body||U.S. Forest Service|
|Website||National Forests in Mississippi|
Homochitto National Forest is a U.S. National Forest in southwestern Mississippi comprising 191,839 acres (776.34 km2). In the mid-1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began reforestation of the area and developing a system of roadways and recreational areas.
In descending order of land area the forest is located in parts of:
- Franklin County,
- Amite County,
- Wilkinson County,
- Adams County,
- Jefferson County,
- Lincoln County,
- Copiah County
Flora and fauna
The flora of the Homochitto National Forest consists of about 850 species of vascular plants. The rivers and streams of the forest are rather poor in bivalve diversity, but at least eight species of freshwater mussels are known, with perhaps as many as 11 species possible. Three species of winter stoneflies have been collected from the Homochitto National Forest, including one that was later described as a new species, Allocapnia starki.
- "Land Areas of the National Forest System" (PDF). U.S. Forest Service. January 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
- "The National Forests of the United States" (PDF). ForestHistory.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 12, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- Havran, J. Christopher (2004). A Preliminary Checklist of the Vascular Flora of the Homochitto National Forest, Mississippi (M.S. Thesis). Monroe, Louisiana: University of Louisiana at Monroe.
- Alford, Mac (2001). "The vascular flora of Amite County, Mississippi". Sida, Contributions to Botany. 19: 645–699. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
- Haag, Wendell R.; Warren, Jr., Melvin L. (1995). Current Distributional Information on Freshwater Mussels (Family Unionidae) in Mississippi National Forests (PDF). New Orleans, LA: USDA General Technical Report SO-119. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
- Hartfield, Paul; Ebert, Danny (1986). "The mussels of southwest Mississippi streams". American Malacological Bulletin. 4 (1): 21–23.
- Alford, Mac H. (1998). "New records of Allocapnia (Plecoptera: Capniidae) from Mississippi and Louisiana, with accompanying scanning electron micrographs". Entomological News. 109 (3): 183–188.
- Kondratieff, Boris T.; Kirchner, Ralph F. (2000). "Two new Allocapnia from eastern North America (Plecoptera: Capniidae)". Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 93 (6): 1267–1273. doi:10.1603/0013-8746(2000)093[1267:TNAFEN]2.0.CO;2.
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