Of the 15.5 million acres of forest in Missouri, almost 13 million acres are privately owned. If you own a significant amount of forested property, it’s important to give serious thought to what you want most from your land. Are you a hunter? Do you like to photograph birds and wildlife? Do you want a peaceful retreat? Do you want firewood? Would you like your woods to provide periodic income? Are you concerned about maintaining your forest’s health?
Once you have a vision of what benefits you want from your woods, you can choose from a variety of management activities to help you achieve your goals. Fortunately, many objectives overlap. A healthy forest provides excellent habitat for animals, is aesthetically pleasing and will produce good wood for heating or other wood products.