the Missouri Tree Farm Program recognize landowners for good work and provide educational resources to keep landowners abreast of current threats and opportunities facing private forests.
The newly established Forest and Woodlands Association of Missouri (FWAM) is a body of people interested in promoting forestry in the state of Missouri and is made up of woodland owners, tree farmers and other people interested in rural or urban forestry issues. Anyone can join FWAM. The goals of FWAM are to promote and advocate for sustainable forest management, keep FWAM members updated on forestry information and related legislative actions, and to serve as an educational resource for children.
Leave a Conservation Legacy
In order to ensure that the woods you have worked so hard to maintain will remain an important natural asset into the future, consider donating a conservation easement to a land trust. Conservation easements allow landowners to keep their land and generally manage it as they see fit. However, easements typically include legal restrictions on developing and subdividing the property, and often include provisions for managing forests sustainably.
In many cases, these are restrictions that landowners already place on themselves. However, the easement provides them peace of mind for the future of the land, and it often allows landowners significant tax benefits as well. To find a local land trust, contact your regional Conservation Department office (Page 3).
Plant Trees and Plant Them Correctly
Simply planting a tree in your yard can make an important contribution to forest sustainability. Take the time to pick a tree that is well-suited to the site, make sure that it is planted correctly and maintain the tree into the future.
Planting and maintaining a tree is a good way to get your kids involved and interested in the outdoors. It also helps instill in them a conservation ethic. For more information on choosing a tree and learning how to care for it, contact your local nursery, arborist or forester.
Donâ€™t Import Forest Pests
Some of the biggest threats facing our forests are exotic plants, animals and diseases. Avoid planting invasive plants, such as bush honeysuckle or autumn olive, in your yard or property. If you already have these plants, eliminate them if possible. They can quickly spread far beyond your boundaries and diminish forest health and ecological value across the landscape.
Also be aware of and avoid introducing invasive insects and diseases. Exotic insect