The Call Before You Cut program encourages woodland property owners to consult with professional foresters, professional timber harvesters, or master loggers before they make decisions about their forestland.
Help for Your Woods
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.