Recent News

New Video Series on Managing Ohio Forests for Birds

A new video series developed by the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative highlights the importance of proper forest management in improving a diversity of habitat for birds and other wildlife. The series focuses on several Ohio private landowners, detailing their experiences managing and improving conditions of their woodlands and the beneficial changes in the bird community following such actions.

American, European Woodcock Hunting Contrasted

By Robert Gwizdz, for the Lansing State Journal

James Maunder Taylor was taken with American woodcock the moment he saw his first.

“They’re quite colorful,” he said. “You can really see the cinnamon and the brown. Our woodcock are a lot paler.”

WVA To Establish Elk Herd on Mining Land

By Bill Cochran, special to the Roanoke Times

West Virginia is one of the latest states to launch an elk restoration program patterned after a highly successful one in Kentucky and a budding one in Virginia that claims 150 to 200 animals, mostly in Buchanan County.

I asked Randy Kelley, elk project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), to address questions on the effort to restore this magnificent animal to the Mountain State:

Young Forest Project at Hanging Bog WMA in New York

By Bob Clark, Olean Times Herald

CUBA — Users of the Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area will be able to sound off on a new 10-year management plan Wednesday, November 2, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation reports.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Great Thicket Natl. Wildlife Refuge

Nation’s Newest Wildlife Refuge Represents Coordinated Response to Conserving Key Shrubland Habitat in the Northeast

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following an extensive public process, and with overwhelming public support, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized the creation of Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge, dedicated to conserving and managing shrubland and young forests for wildlife in New England and eastern New York. The approval of the refuge marks a key step, enabling the Service to now work with willing and interested landowners to acquire land.

MN Fire Creates Thousands of Acres of New Young Forest

By Brad Dokken, for Inforum

BELTRAMI ISLAND STATE FOREST, MN — Driving down a sandy stretch of the Black's Winner Forest Road, Charlie Tucker pointed out a sea of big bluestem, a prairie grass not typically associated with pine forests.

Until after a wildfire.

"This is one of the larger open areas that have been created here," said Tucker, assistant manager of Red Lake Wildlife Management Area at Norris Camp south of Roosevelt, Minn. "It looks like a prairie, doesn't it?"

PA State Program Guides Hunters to Young Forest

By John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's all about habitat. Successful hunters understand that deer go where there's food - sprouts, grasses, low-hanging leaves, tubers, fruits, nuts. They don't graze, they browse. A little of this, a little of that, and they move on.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission understands that habitat improvement projects create new forest growth, deer smorgasbords that will be nipped to the ground before they can sprout into the habitat needed by every animal in the forest - including the deer.

Habitat Sought for New England Cottontails in Southern ME

By Michael Kelley, Staff Writer, Scarborough Leader

Scarborough Marsh has long been a popular place for birders of all skill levels to come see nature first hand, but over the last few years biologists have been working to make sure the marsh is a favorable habitat for a four-legged animal that is becoming endangered in this state.

Canton Land Trust Joins NEC Initiative in CT, Offers Educational Hike

By John Fitts, Canton Compass

CANTON, CT – With rabbit sightings so common in the area one might question the need to improve habitat.

Conservationists, however, will be quick to tell you that those cute little bunnies you see are almost certainly eastern cottontails, a species introduced from the Midwest in the nineteenth century, primarily for hunting.

Sustainable Timber Harvests: "This is What Conservation Looks Like"

By Lee Burnett, Portland Press Herald

Rabbits and songbirds can join us as the beneficiaries of responsible logging operations.

SPRINGVALE, ME — When Saco Valley Land Trust conducted a timber harvest on some of its property in Biddeford last winter, the trust faced an issue unheard-of in logging country – the suburban sensibilities of neighbors.

"We got complaints," said Richard Rhames, a vegetable farmer and president of the land trust. "We heard things like 'Boy, they made a mess in there.'"