Mokst Butte RNA

Moskt Butte Bill Hopkins counting tree rings Greene 22-Aug-1980
Moskt Butte Deschutes NF lava pumice on butte Greene 22-Aug-1980
Moskt Butte lava flow (2) 22-Aug-1980
Moskt Butte lava flow 22-Aug-1980
Name: Mokst Butte
Ownership: FS
Type: RNA
State: Oregon
Ecoregion: East Cascades
Forest: Deschutes NF
District Fort Rock RD
Acres: 1323

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Mokst Butte Research Natural Area (RNA) was established to represent an entire undisturbed forested cinder cone within the white fir (Abies grandis) zone.  The eruption of Mt. Mazama left lava flows and Mazama ash dispersed throughout the area. The cinder cones have steep sides with relief patches of small ridges and mounds. The lava flow community is dominated by gland ocean-spray (Holodiscus dumosus var. glabrescens) with occasional stands of Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa). Sandy, pumiceous and lapilli soils are dominated by the lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta)/currant (Ribes)-bitterbrush (Purshia)/needlegrass (Achnatherum) association. Forested areas of the RNA are dominated by ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and white fir with occasional stands of Western white pine (Pinus monticola).


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