The Editor's Preface to The Game Types of Oklahoma
The Game Types of Oklahoma and
Game Type Map of Oklahoma, prepared by L. G. Duck and Jack B. Fletcher,
was an early effort to describe and map the natural vegetation of the state
Bruner 1931, Blair and Hubbell 1938). The continued use of A
Game Type Map of Oklahoma as a potential natural vegetation map
by educators and state agencies marks the success of their effort. By providing
descriptions of the Oklahoma landscape immediately following the "dust
bowl" era of the 1930's, these works are of historical interest. Information
provided in The Game Types of Oklahoma was not restricted
to vegetation and game animals. Duck and Fletcher included information
regarding land use characteristics, agricultural practices and demographics.
Originally, the two documents were published separately.
Game Types of Oklahoma appeared in a longer report, A Survey
of Game and Furbearing Animals in Oklahoma (1943), published by
the Oklahoma Game and Fish Commission's (now the Oklahoma Department of
Wildlife Conservation) Division of Wildlife Restoration and Research. The
vegetation descriptions provided in The Game Types of Oklahoma
A Game Map of Oklahoma map units. These works
of Duck and Fletcher are brought together on this Worldwide Web Site for
two reasons; (1) access: existing copies of The Game Types of Oklahomaare
difficult to acquire (copies of the report can be found at only a few libraries
in Oklahoma) and (2) to acquaint a broader audience with Duck and Fletcher
and the vegetation of Oklahoma.
In preparing this document, I minimized editorial changes
to preserve the authors' voice. I updated plant synonymy and provided scientific
binomials for all plants originally listed only by common name. The following
references used were: Waterfall 1979, Taylor and Taylor 1991, Kartesz 1994.
Additional information on the vegetation of Oklahoma can be found in Johnson
and Milby 1989 and Hoagland 2000.
Plates were scanned from a copy of the original manuscript because the original plates cannot be found. Therefore, the quality of some of the plates are not as good as we would like. However, we have included all of the plates because we consider them an important part of the document. We are hoping that better quality scans will become available.
Bruce W. Hoagland
Oklahoma Natural Heritage Inventory and
Assistant Professor of Geography
University of Oklahoma
Blair, W. F., and T. H. Hubbell. 1938. The biotic
districts of Oklahoma. American Midland Naturalist 20: 425-454.
Bruner, W. E. 1931. The vegetation of Oklahoma.
Ecological Monographs 1: 100-188.
Hoagland, B.W. 2000. The vegetation of Oklahoma: a classification of landscape mapping
and conservation planning. Southwestern Naturalist 45: 385-420.
Johnson, F. L. and T. H. Milby. 1989. Oklahoma botanical
literature. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, USA.
Kartesz, J. T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of
the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland, volume
1 - checklist. Timber Press. Portland, Oregon.
Taylor, J. R. And C. E. S. Taylor. 1991. An annotated
list of the ferns, fern allies, gymnosperms, and flowering plants of Oklahoma.
Biology Department Herbarium. Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant.
Waterfall, U. T. 1979. Keys to the flora of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State University. Stillwater.
Acknowledgements: I would like to express my appreciation
to Ms. Pam Pogorelc for typing and secreterial assistance and to Dr. Forrest
Johnson for html formatting of this document.
Please Cite as:
Duck, L. G., and J. B. Fletcher. 1945. A survey
of the game and furbearing animals of Oklahoma; Chapter 2, The Game Types
of Oklahoma. Oklahoma Game and Fish Commission, Division of Wildlife Restoration
and Research. Oklahoma City.
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