Forest and Woodland Management
Wooded areas play an important habitat role for many wildlife species. They provide:
- Snags for nesting woodpeckers and other birds that nest in cavities
- Food and cover for deer and turkey
- Den trees for squirrels and furbearers
- Browse for deer and nesting areas for birds
The difference between a good and poor wildlife woodland can be as simple as a fence and proper tree management.
Types of Wooded Habitat
Missouri has four main types of habitats where trees play an important role.
- Open Woodlands
Forests have the highest density of trees, and savannas (grasslands with scattered trees) have the lowest. This section focuses primarily on managing forests and woodlands.