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Forests Take Over Abandoned Fields on Delmarva Peninsula

By Harrison Jackson for Delmarva Now

A disused farm field, an abandoned golf course, a deserted back or side yard – nature has a way of reclaiming areas abandoned by humans, turning old fields, farms and other plots of land back into forests and scrubland.

When an abandoned field remains unused by humans for an extended period of time, it starts to undergo natural succession. Natural succession is the change in the species structure, both flora and fauna, of an ecological community over time.

Workshop on Creating Golden-Winged Warbler Habitat in NJ

By Bruce A. Scruton, New Jersey Herald

A workshop for owners of forestland in northwestern New Jersey will be held on Feb. 15 at the Sussex County Main Library in Frankford to outline programs by the U.S. Department of Agriculture designed to create habitat for endangered species.

Grants Help MA Landowners Improve Habitat, Boost Recreation

By Joel Martinez and Tashanea Whitlow, WWLP

WARE, Mass. – Private landowners Brian and Martha Klassanos of Ware received a $26,750 grant to treat invasive plants, establish grassland habitat and improve shrublands on their Muddy Brook Valley property.

The couple told 22News they applied for the MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant in the fall, saying, “There is a lot of natural biodiversity here, and what we’re trying to do is make sure that is stays the way it’s supposed to . . . . We’ve got a lot of rare species and we just want to steward it the proper way.”

Where Have the Ruffed Grouse Gone?

By Jerry Davis for the Wisconsin State Journal

TOWN OF BERRY -- Residents, particularly landowners, living in the driftless (unglaciated) areas of Wisconsin and adjacent states noticed when the whip-poor-wills called less often.

New Plans for Young Forests in New York

by H. Rose Schneider for the Altamont Enterprise

Prescribed burns are scheduled every year at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, once every 10 years for each habitat site. They promote the health of the preserve.

ALBANY COUNTY — It may seem counterintuitive, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to remove trees in various protected areas across New York State.

Devastating Wildfires Likely in Eastern Forests

By Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State News

The intense wildfires that swept through the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee in November 2016 were a tragic melding of the past and the future, according to a researcher at Penn State University.

Restoring a Natural Pine Barrens on Cape Cod

By Andrea Ray, Wareham Week

Not many people know what Cape Cod should look like, sighs Diane Lang. The Trustees of Reservations South Coast Superintendent remembers how, as a child, she knew that she’d reached the Cape: “All of the trees were really scrubby, so you could see everything.”

Newest National Wildlife Refuge Starts in NY’s Hudson Valley

By Allison Dunne, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio

Federal, state and local officials gathered Wednesday in Dutchess County to mark the establishment of the nation’s newest wildlife refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first land acquisition for the six-state refuge is a 144-acre preserve donated by The Nature Conservancy.

Great Thicket Wildlife Refuge Gets Its Start in New York

Dover, NY – Federal, state and local officials gathered today in Dover, New York, to mark the establishment of the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first land acquisition for the six-state refuge, the 144-acre Nellie Hill Preserve donated by The Nature Conservancy.

More Quail, Pheasant Habitat Coming to Iowa

By Ron Swoboda for Wallace’s Farmer

John Whitaker, USDA Farm Service Agency state executive director, announced January 3 the addition of 115,000 acres that can be enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in Iowa for critical wildlife and water quality efforts. This is in addition to the 5,423 acres of CRP Grasslands announced in December.

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