Working Together

Managing the Mark Twain National Forest requires the efforts of dedicated Forest Service staff, local businesses, state, county, and other federal government agencies, conservation partners, and volunteers.

We work with the timber industry to manage the forest vegetation through commercial timber sales and stewardship contracts. We procure other business services to improve forest conditions, maintain roads, buildings, and recreation facilities, conduct inventories, and do monitoring.

Dealing with wildland fire and using prescribed fire as a management tool is done in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation , National Park Service, Mingo Job Corps Center, Americorps – St. Louis, and local volunteer fire departments.

Other partners help maintain recreation sites and trails, reduce hazardous fuels, restore watersheds, monitor wildlife populations, improve wildlife and fisheries habitat, inventory and monitor archeological and historic sites, provide input to proposed management activities, conduct conservation education programs, and respond to emergency incidents.

Many individuals and organizations volunteer their time and energy to help us clean up illegal dump sites, repair historic buildings, conduct archeological investigations, maintain campgrounds and trails, and conduct fish and wildlife surveys.