Wildlife Habitat Improvement

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Wildlife Habitat Improvement

Managing a forest correctly can dramatically improve wildlife habitat.

Selective thinning opens the canopy, which allows sunlight to hit the forest floor.  Depending on landowner objectives, wildlife openings (small clearings) can also be created.  The combination of the new light and disturbance to the soil in these areas will allow herbaceous plants and tree saplings to seed in.

Within a year or less these areas become a perfect habitat and great food source for many animals.  The saplings that seed in eventually grow into healthy mature trees due to the ample sunlight and minimal competition for water and nutrients.

Sustainable forest management will also address “snag” trees.  A snag tree is a standing dead tree that is typically hollow on the inside and left to decompose naturally.  These trees can be a home to many animal species and therefore are left standing and undisturbed.