Sustainable Forestry Program
Working with landowners in the Ozarks
In the Missouri Ozarks, private landowners play a critical role in keeping woodlands and waters healthy. Here, the timber industry is critical to the Ozarks economy, locally providing jobs and globally providing high-quality wood products. However, land conversion, development, decreasing parcel size, pests and diminishing forest health can impact the long-term production of these woodlands.
Teaming Up for Sustainable Forest Management
The Nature Conservancy is committed to supporting private land conservation in the Current River Basin. Over the past 5 years with the help of grant funding provided by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), TNC has been able to reach private landowners through a program with three primary components—encouraging better management through planning, outreach and education, and permanent land protection with conservation easements.
The USFS grant funding enabled TNC to provide forest management plans on over 5,000 acres of private land. Helping landowners establish a forest management plan enables them to connect with cost-share programs to implement the plan. It also supported more than a dozen workshops and farm tours, introducing landowners to management tools important for protecting the diverse rivers, streams, glades and woodlands in the Ozarks.
We convened partners including the Missouri Department of Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and others to share technical expertise and guide landowners through the various cost-share programs available for conservation practices. Currently, work is ongoing to permanently protect an additional 774 acres in the Current River area, including one critically important piece of riverfront property on the Jacks Fork River.
Working with our public and private landowner partners, our goal is to ensure family farmers have the tools to grow healthy timber and manage their land in a way that preserves the diversity of the Current River area and keeps the water clean for the next generation.
- Missouri Call Before You Cut
- University of Missouri Extension: Selling Timber-What the Landowner Needs to Know
- University of Missouri Extension: Managing Your Timber Sale Tax
- University of Missouri Extension: Integrating Woodland and Wildlife Management Practices on your Property
- National Timber Tax Website
- University of Missouri Extension: Forestry Assistance for Landowners
- Missouri Consulting Foresters Association