Integrating wildlife habitats with forest and woodland management
Many of Missouri’s forest landowners are interested in managing their property for wood products and enhanced wildlife habitat.
Fortunately, forest and wildlife management are not only compatible — they are interrelated. Depending on your objectives, you can apply management techniques that influence plant succession and enhance diverse wildlife habitats while at the same time improving your forest’s productivity.
A variety of wildlife species, including white-tailed deer, wild turkey, wood ducks, migratory birds such as the American woodcock and numerous songbirds, require forests and woodland habitat for food and cover needs during all or a portion of their lives.
However, managing your property to continually produce timber products and provide wildlife habitat requires an active forest-wildlife management plan. As you develop your plan to benefit wildlife while diversifying your income, take advantage of the educational resources and technical assistance on this website as well as those available through the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.