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Home > Programs > Bureau of Natural Resources > Division of Fish & Wildlife > Managing Grasslands, Shrublands, and Young Forest Habitats for Wildlife

 
Managing Grasslands, Shrublands, and Young Forest Habitats
for Wildlife: A Guide for the Northeast


Grasslands, shrublands, and young forest habitats (collectively referred to as early-successional habitats) have been declining throughout the Northeast for decades as have the wildlife species associated with them. For instance, twelve of sixteen shrubland birds and seven of ten grassland birds have declining population trends in the region. Many are listed as threatened or endangered in several northeastern states. Additionally, American woodcock have declined by 40% over the past 30 years, ruffed grouse have largely dissappeared from southern New England, and New England cottontails occur in only 20% of the area that this species was historically found. Given that more than 73% of forestland in the region is privately owned, it is imperative that landowners and the professionals that provide guidance to them help to address the decline of these habitats.

Written primarily by state and federal wildlife biologists and foresters, this guide will provide you with important information on how to maintain and restore these habitats on the lands you own or manage. Whether you are a novice or an experienced land manager, this guide will provide helpful information anyone can use to better manage early-successional habitats. (Files are in PDF format.)


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