Recently Updated Projects

Botanist uses a hand lens to identify a plant

Ground Flora and Soft Mast

This project evaluates the impacts of forest management on ground flora plant species and soft mast abundance.

Collage of bird, sunrise, mouse, ground flora, salamanders, snake


The Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP) is a long-term, landscape-level experiment measuring the living (i.e. birds, plants, trees) and non-living (i.e. soil, water, weather) parts of a forested ecosystem.

Inside the forest of MOFEP

MOFEP Overview

MOFEP provides science-based information to forest managers so they may employ management practices that ensure healthy and sustainable forest, fish and wildlife resources..

MDC staff measuring an overstory tree

Woody Vegetation

This project evaluates the impacts of forest management on the composition and structure of woody trees, saplings, and seedlings.

Projects by Division



Mission: To manage biodiversity and sport fish populations for the benefit of Missouri users and provide excellent public service and quality...



Mission: To ensure healthy and sustainable forests and woodlands for future generations to use and enjoy.

Outreach and Education

Outreach & Education division

Mission: Empower Missouri citizens to become actively engaged in outdoor recreation activities and learn about conservation efforts.

Private Lands

Private lands division

Mission: To help landowners meet their land management objectives in ways that enhance fish, forest, and wildlife conservation.

Resource Science

Radio Telemetry

Mission: To provide the science-based information needed to conserve, appreciate, and effectively manage the living resources of Missouri.



Mission: To actively manage and restore Missouri’s plants, animals, and their habitats for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations...