In the Missouri Ozarks, Short leaf pine was logged out between 1890 and 1920. Scarlett oak and Black oak moved into replace the pine. Now these trees are in decline and government agencies are making an effort to replace the oak with pine.
I came across this tree while I was riding the Katy Trail. I had stopped and locked my bike to a tree and walked into the woods. The hike brought me up a hill which winded me. I was already tired because of the long ride on my bicycle.