The oaks and hickories are very important members of Missouri's forests. About three-fourths of the trees you will find in our forests will be either an oak or a hickory.
These hardwoods are known for their strong, functional wood, which is manufactured into furniture, lumber, flooring and other products. Yet the beauty, recreation, wildlife habitat and water quality these forests provide are more valuable to many.
Oaks and hickories are the most numerous of the tree species in the state. But each species is distinct and each has its place in Missouri's forests.