State Chapter Details


State Chapter Dues: $10.00






Past President

Dennis Evans

Paul Heggemann

Doug Butler

Fred Crouse

Dusty Walter

Missouri Black Walnut Initiative
Converting Idle Acres into Land Equity

The “Missouri Black Walnut Initiative” is a promotion by the Missouri Chapter, Walnut Council to encourage establishing and managing black walnut growth on idled acres of well-suited soils. Walnut trees could become a significant source of income for your family and future generations. Learn more

Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events

October 11-12, 2024: Field day at the Doug Butler tree farm in northern Boone County. Details TBD.

Past Events

April 19-20, 2024: Friday optional dinner and forum (self pay) 6:30-8:30 pm, Oliver's Restaurant, Warrenton MO. Saturday field day at Paul and Lisa Heggemann tree farm near Jonesburg, Missouri. Morning topics include an 9 year old hardwood tree planting, maple and walnut syrup, and white oak management. Afternoon topics include a more thorough discussion of management in a 500 tree walnut/oak/pine plantation and wildflower plantings. See the flyer for more information on lodging and directions and to register.

October 13-14, 2023: Saturday, October 14-Fall Forestry Field Day, 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the “Black Oak Ranch” in Caldwell County.

There is a “getting to know you” session Friday evening, October 13th, in Richmond, Missouri. The Chapter Executive Committee invites you to participate in this social activity and dinner to increase interaction among those attending by a Q and A session with a panel of WC, NRCS, and MDC representatives. Saturday's field tour theme is overcoming hurdles in managing trees, native grasses, wildlife, and water quality concerns caused by livestock, flooding, drought, depleted or marginal soils, toxic fescue, predators, invasive species, wildfires, ever changing government programs and challenging economics.

October 29, 2022: Starting at the Arrow Rock State Park Visitor Center. Learn about and discuss woodland management topics with landowners, foresters, and industry representatives. Following a slide presentation by Harlan Palm providing background information on our tour sites, we will travel first to the Jack Crumbaugh walnut plantation. Following lunch, travel a short distance to the Whitney Kerr walnut plantation for our afternoon program. See the flyer and registration information.

May 21, 2022: Spring Field Day at "Juglans Nigra Enterprises" tree farm in Boone County hosted by Mike Trial and Yolanda Ciolli. Come learn about and discuss technical topics with landowners, foresters, and industry representatives. Lunch will be on-site. The address is 301 North Highway UU, Columbia, MO 65203.

September 24-25, 2021: Fall field tour at Marvin and David Emerson Tree Farm near Ava (Douglas County). It offers us the opportunity to share with the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) in recognizing the “Missouri Tree Farmer of the Year." This is an excellent opportunity to see and learn from 20 years of management on a 2,943 acre tree farm. The meetings will begin early afternoon on Friday with a field day continuing Saturday morning through mid-afternoon.

Cancelled: September 19, 2020: Fall field day. Whitney Kerr Tree Farm near Arrow Rock.

October 19, 2019: Fall field day. 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. Norm Stucky tree farm, 3215 Zion Road, Jefferson City, MO. Events to include woodland management learning stations, guest speakers and the chapter business meeting. See the flyer. See field day logistics and register.

March 1-2, 2019: Spring 2019 workshop in cooperation with the Tree Farm Celebration.

October 5-6, 2018: Fall event.

April 13-14, 2018: Missouri Chapter Spring Field Day & Business Meeting
This meeting will be in the New Franklin, Fayette, and Columbia areas. The event includes informative trips to the University of Missouri Horticultural and Agricultural Research Center (HARC), Missouri-Pacific Lumber Co., and one privately managed black walnut plantation. Saturday will be a “Woodland Management Forum” where you can seek advice from fellow landowners, foresters, and resource specialists to address your specific woodland management concerns. Learn more and RSVP.

September 29-30, 2017: Missouri Chapter Fall Field Day & Business Meeting
This meeting will be in south central Missouri near the towns of Licking and Salem. It includes a tour of the George O. White State Nursery on Friday afternoon and the Boone Creek Farm walnut plantation, with complimentary evening appetizers and dinner hosted by the Seagren family. Saturday's tour included Buch Memorial Tree Farm near Shannondale, with a discussion on carbon credits and viewing an active timber harvest. Learn more and RSVP.

April 4-5, 2017: Missouri Woodland Conference
Missouri chapter co-sponsored the meeting in Jefferson City. Forty chapter members attended with 105 registered. The room was packed with woodland experts, so no landowner should have returned home without all their questions asked and answered! There were five exhibitors: Forest and Woodland Association of Missouri, Grow Native, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Walnut Council, the Missouri Nut Growers Association and the University of Missouri Center of Agroforestry. Sponsors and presenters were able to network with an interesting group of woodland landowners from several states who were a little unsure what we all had in common when it comes to managing trees. Read more about the conference in the May issue of “Green Horizons”. Agenda | Presentations

Sept 30 - Oct 1, 2016: Missouri chapter fall meeting
The fall field days are scheduled for September 30th and October 1st in Blue Springs and Pleasant Hill, MO. The meeting will cover several diverse topics to help you manage your forest resources. To RSVP email mowalnutcouncil@gmail.com or call Aaron at 913-704-5210. See the full agenda and details here.

April 1-2, 2016: Missouri chapter spring meeting
Events take place in Montgomery County near New Florence and High Hill. Theme is White Oak Management, emphasizing the logging and barrel stave industry. Meet Friday afternoon at Dad’s Junction Café at Exit 175 to hear speakers discuss woodland management followed by the Chapter business meeting. Saturday morning, the group will caravan to Independent Stave Company (ISC) south of New Florence and then to a stand of white oak timber south of High Hill. Managers of ISC will explain white oak log qualities, values and the staves milled for barrels. A Missouri Department of Conservation Forester and a private Consulting Forester will highlight the woodland management plan that focuses on managing and harvesting white oak timber. There will be a demonstration of timber stand improvement procedures used on the farm. To RSVP email mowalnutcouncil@gmail.com or call Aaron at 913-704-5210. See the full agenda and details.


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Missouri Technical Articles

Missouri Chapter Fact Sheet

Thinning Using a Commercial Tree Service
Controlling Invasives with GoatsProtecting Trees From Deer
Fertilizing Hardwood Trees
Controlling Invasives With Goats
A Case for Power Pole Saws
Fall Color
Considerations when Selecting Power Pole Saws for Pruning
Using a Reciprocating Saw for Invasive Control
Using Herbicides to Manage Hardwoods
Killing Toxic Fescue
Can I “Make” A Veneer Log?
The Dirty Dozen
Grapevines—Another Reason To Hate Them
How To Rock Tree Farm Roads For Half-Price
Guaranteed Live Rabbit Trap Or How To Protect Newly Planted Tree Seedlings
Property/Boundary Lines: Do You Know Where Yours Are?
Selling Timber On The Shares: A Good Or Bad Deal, And For Whom?
Timber Stand Improvement
The Timber Sale / Timber Stand Improvement Dilemma
The Value of a DBH Tape
Land Brings Liability Exposure
Tricks of the Trade: Stump treatments
Spacing Hardwood Trees to Grow Veneer Quality Timber

Pruning Articles

Pruning Phases
Caring for Hardwood Tree Plantations
Hardwood Tree Pruning Guide
Target Pruning and Compartmentalization
Disinfecting Pruning Tools
Preparing to Prune
To Prune or Not to Prune
Pruning Guide for Walnut & Other Valuable Hardwoods
Central Hardwood Notes: Pruning
Maryland Walnut Guidelines: Pruning Young Hardwood Trees
Pruning Black Walnut for Veneer
Increases in Log Value from Pruning
Time Pruning to Avoid Disease