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Forest Management Guidelines Help Improve and Sustain Missouri's Forest Resources

Photo of Landscape photograph of the Missouri Ozark forests. Dan Dey, USDA Forest ServiceLandscape photograph of the Missouri Ozark forests. Dan Dey, USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : Missouri landowners and resource managers need state-of-the-art, science-based knowledge of forest management planning, silviculture, and best management practices to guide their stewardship and use of Missouri's 15.5 million acres of forestland. Forests contribute significantly to the state economy (more than $8 billion from forest industry alone), provide substantial job opportunities, produce clean air and water, act as playgrounds for recreation, serve as home to valued wildlife, and protect high levels of native biodiversity. Forest Service scientists and partners have produced "Missouri Forest Management Guidelines," as a comprehensive, science-based publication on forest management for sustainable multiple-use of Missouri's forests.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Dey, Daniel C., Dr.Shifley, Stephen R.
Kabrick, John 
Research Location : Missouri
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 609


With the publication of "Missouri Forest Management Guidelines," Missouri landowners for the first time have comprehensive guidelines and best management practices to improve and sustain high-quality forests. Forest Service scientists were key contributors to the production of these guidelines, which were published by the Missouri Department of Conservation. They drew upon their more than 80 years of forest research expertise to contribute to the guidelines. Most forest lands in Missouri (84 percent) are privately owned, and currently less than 10 percent of Missouri's 15.5 million acres of forestlands are managed according to any type of forest plan. "Missouri Forest Management Guidelines" provides (1) an awareness of forest resources and their importance to the quality of life in Missouri, (2) an understanding of forest sustainability and the foundation of good forest management through planning and silviculture, and (3) a synthesis of current science that is embodied in standards, guidelines and best management practices.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Mark Twain National Forest
  • Forest and Woodland Association
  • Mark Twain Forest Watchers
  • Missouri Consulting Foresters Association
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • Missouri Forest Products Association
  • Missouri Tree Farm System
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Natural Resources and Conservation Service
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service