The wooded areas on Missouri’s landscape play an important habitat role for a variety of wildlife species. Well managed forests and woodlands provide snags for nesting woodpeckers, food and cover for deer and turkey, and den trees for squirrels and furbearers. Wooded edge produces 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. Review the techniques below for information about managing your wooded areas for both wildlife and timber production.
Den trees and snags are essential habitat for many kinds of woodland wildlife. Woodlands typically have very few trees with cavities, so it is important to protect both existing and potential den trees.