Forest Management Plan

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Trees on a shrub covered hill
Woodland restored with timber stand improvement (TSI) and prescribed burning.
Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

Your wooded-land management objectives should be defined within the limits of what your land is capable of sustaining. For example, don't try to create an open woodland from a high-quality forest or manage high-quality timber on woodland sites with low growth potential.

A great way to start the process of learning about the potential of your forest and wooded areas is to consult a professional forester. A forester will thoroughly assess your land and help you create a forest and wildlife management plan to achieve your goals.

General guidelines for managing your forest include:

  • Protect forests and woodlands from grazing.
  • Deaden large trees along edge of wooded areas.
  • Plant 30-foot-wide strip of shrubs along mature forest edge.
  • Create woodland/field edge habitat using edge feathering and field borders.
  • Create small openings within large timber blocks.
  • Encourage native vines and fruiting shrubs.
  • Apply timber stand improvement practices.
  • Do not cut den trees and snags; install squirrel den boxes.
  • Leave downed tree structures that result from firewood cutting.
  • Fence a 50- to 100-foot-wide zone along all wooded stream banks to exclude livestock.

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