Tree And Forest Resources For You

Get Involved With Trees And Forests

  • Interested in Missouri woods? Check out this organization and what it can do for you.

  • Do you like healthy trees in our Missouri towns? So does the Missouri Community Forestry Council! "Stewardship for Missouri's Community Forests" is a mission held true by the Missouri Community Forestry Council. Find out more about how to be a part of this active group.

Help For Your Woods

  • Get help developing a "Big Plan" that will let you get the most from your woodlands.

  • The George O. White State Forest Nursery near Licking offers Missouri residents a variety of seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control and wildlife habitat.

  • A forester can help you avoid woodland management mistakes that persist for decades.

  • Download guidelines for assessing your Missouri woodlot’s present condition and creating and maintaining a healthy forest that meets your objectives.

  • The Missouri Consulting Foresters Association (MCFA) is an organization of technically trained professional foresters who provide forest management advice or assistance to landowners. Each member is self-employed and offers services on a fee or contract basis.

  • Browse tree- and shrub-planting techniques, including hand planting, machine planting and tips on Missouri conservation seedling care.

  • Find best practices and help for managing, harvesting and protecting your Missouri timber and woodlands.

  • Want to improve your woodlot management or timber yields? Get our help! Call your regional forester.

  • Don't sell your Missouri timber for a fraction of its value because you didn't market it properly. Follow eight steps to get the most return from your timber sale.

  • Download this illustrated, two-color, eight-page guide to learn how to improve your woodlot by cutting firewood.

  • If you’re interested in harvesting timber on your property, there are a few questions to consider.

  • Sugar maples are shading out Missouri's riverside oaks and hickories.

  • Learn the variety of characteristics, such as branch arrangement and leaf shape, that you can use to identify Missouri's trees.

  • Imagine how difficult rainy weather would be for you if you breathed through your feet.

  • Learn how to get more value out of your tree harvest.

  • Learn to prevent wildfires, protect your Missouri home from them, and report forest arson.

  • Windbreaks can improve wildlife habitat as well as reduce heating bills, provide protection from high winds and snow, and enhance landscape aesthetics. This page shows you how.

Hot Topics About Missouri’s Trees And Forests

  • The job market is greening up for forestry professionals.

  • Many tree-killing pests travel in firewood. If you love Missouri’s forests, buy firewood where you camp, and burn it all before you leave.

  • Follow weekly regional reports to find Missouri’s best fall colors. Reporting starts in September and ends when the color fades, usually early November.

  • Learn which native Missouri trees produce canopies of spring blossoms. The last two weeks of April is the best time to see them.

  • Download this form to order dozens of publications about habitat improvement, Missouri native wildlife and plants, fishing and hunting, and special volunteer programs. Note: you must be a Missouri resident to receive our free printed publications.

  • Even if you don't own woodlands, you can help Missouri's forest resources.

  • The Conservation Department was created by a citizen-led effort to restore Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife 75 years ago. This is the story of how Missourians have worked together to improve our forests to benefit wildlife and people, for generations to come.

  • Browse highlights and hallmarks of Missouri's forest history.

ID Missouri Trees

Places To Enjoy Missouri’s Woods

  • Enjoy outdoor Missouri? Use this section to get learn more about everything from birding to woodworking for wildlife.

  • Find Missouri conservation areas, nature centers, fish hatcheries, natural areas, and shooting ranges where you can pursue your favorite outdoor activity close to home or around the state.

  • Looking for a place to walk, hike, bike or ride your horse? Conservation area trails provide recreational and educational opportunities as well as access to your conservation lands.

Programs To Help Your Towns Trees

Tree Care And Maintenance

  • From tree selection and planting to pruning guidelines, this section covers everything you need to know to take care of your backyard trees.

  • Learn when and how to prune your Missouri landscape trees.

  • Save the beauty and investment in your property by managing your building area to protect trees.

  • Mulch helps provide the tree nutrients and keeps soil temperatures low, protecting its root system.

  • When storms damage trees, cleanup and recovery can be bewildering. Download some tips to will help you make the right decisions for your trees.

  • Lawn mowers and string trimmers can damage the bark of trees.

  • Experts agree: It's never a good idea to "top" a tree.

  • This brief, illustrated guide shows you when to water, mulch, pest-monitor, fertilize, stake and prune your Missouri trees.

  • Diagnosing and managing urban tree stress

  • Proper watering keeps your Missouri shade trees healthy for life. Text, illustrations and video show you how.

Tree Selection: Choose the Right Trees

  • This full-color, 60-page booklet in helps you choose the best trees for your growing situations, plant them in the right places and care for them over time. It includes lists of species for Missouri, including alternatives to ash trees, which are vulnerable to the emerald ash borer.

  • Put your imagination to work and give your property some real character.

  • Browse tips for purchasing and transporting high-quality Missouri trees from reputable sources.

  • Print and carry this two-page guide when you start shopping for new Missouri landscape trees.

  • This brief publication helps you determine where and how to plant trees on your Missouri property.

  • “Plant trees. They give us two of the most crucial elements for our survival: oxygen and books.”—A. Whitney Brown

Tree-Planting Tips

  • This brief, illustrated brochure helps you select the right kind of tree for your Missouri location, then determine planting depth, dig the right hole shape and size, back fill, water and mulch.

  • Mulch helps provide the tree nutrients and keeps soil temperatures low, protecting its root system.

  • I propose that Missourians change the way that we plant trees.

  • This brief, illustrated guide shows you when to water, mulch, pest-monitor, fertilize, stake and prune your Missouri trees.

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