Corps forestry along the Upper Mississippi River is the oldest continually managed forest management program within the Corps of Engineers dating to 1941. Forest management involves three Corps Districts (St Paul, Rock Island, and St Louis District) that are in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The Corps of Engineers foresters meet annually with these cooperating agencies to develop and agree on work plans, habitat needs, special emphasis and future direction. The program has been successful in meeting the specified program mission and objectives and is a recognized leader in bottomland forest management.