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in Missouri’s forests. The pileated woodpecker, ovenbird, black-and-white warbler and screech owl are just a few of the many birds that inhabit the forest. Each bird or animal has a specific place and role, or niche, within the forest ecosystem. The more niches that can be created within a forest, the greater the number of species it can support.

To support a diversity of wildlife species, today’s forest management and timber harvest practices need to be diverse. Correctly locating logging roads to protect Missouri’s streams is just one example. Leaving older trees for cavity-nesting species, cultivating acorn-producing trees as a food source and creating young stands of trees for food and cover are other examples. The aim is for a balance of habitat types to support all species over the long term.

Missouri’s Largest Outdoor Classroom

Forests are long-lived and management decisions can have lasting impacts. With this in mind, MDC established the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP) in 1990. This 100-year project studies the impacts of various forest management practices not only on the health of the forest, but also on plants and animals.

Forest and wildlife scientists are learning more about the impacts of forest management practices and harvesting techniques in Missouri thanks to this important study.

This will help foresters, wildlife biologists and forest landowners make better-informed management decisions to ensure healthy forests and wildlife well into the future.

Missourians Care About Conserving Forests

Missourians have achieved some amazing results in conserving Missouri‚Äôs forests. Together, we have transformed forestry into a sustainable industry that now grows more trees than it harvests. We restored and conserved dozens of fish and wildlife species and ensured that Missouri is a great place to hunt and fish. We created a system devoted to serving both rural and urban landowners and established accessible public lands and facilities throughout the state. MDC works with citizens to sustain healthy forests for the benefit of people and wildlife‚ÄĒa job that began in the face of flames and was hard won.

Community Forests

The trees in our communities are valued for their economic, social and environmental benefits. Because the urban environment is hard on trees, urban foresters use specialized techniques to maintain our community forests.

‚ÄúMDC‚Äôs TRIM grants, in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council, provide up to $10,000 for community tree inventories, removal or pruning of trees, tree planting and educational programs,‚ÄĚ says Nick Kuhn, MDC community forestry coordinator. ‚ÄúThis helps communities provide

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