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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.'"

Fragmented Forest Equals Less Management

By Adam Downing, Virginia Cooperative Extension, in Fall 2016 Virginia Forest Landowner Update

"The Fragmented Forest."

Those words carry negative undertones. Perhaps I should’ve chosen a different title like "Forest Bits & Pieces" or "Checkerboard Forestry" which sound more like an environmentally friendly candy or a board game. Aside from the undertones of the phrase, the fact is that forest fragmentation has both positive and negative consequences.

Volunteers Helping Woodcock in NJ

By MercerMe Community Contributor, MercerMe news website, Hopewell, N.J.

The Sourland Conservancy, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, and Mercer County Parks thank their members and volunteers from Hopewell Boy Scout Troop 71, Montgomery High School Environmental Club, and Hillsborough High School who worked to remove invasive shrubs and trees from Hopewell Borough Park on Saturday, October 1, in conjunction with the American Woodcock Habitat Restoration Project.

New Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership Coordinator Hired

The Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership (WYFP) recently announced the hiring of Randee Smith as the partnership’s coordinator.

A graduate of Michigan Technological University, Smith has participated in numerous conservation and research projects, including a study of golden-winged warbler genetics in Michigan and a reforestation project in the rainforests of Australia. She began work with the WYFP in August.

ME Scarborough Marsh Work Aids Cottontails

By Kate Irish Collins, Keep Me Current, Falmouth, Maine

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will be cutting down trees and planting shrubs in the upland areas of the Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area this coming winter and spring to create habitat for the endangered New England cottontail rabbit.

The Maine population of New England cottontail rabbits is estimated to be less than 300, prompting the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s new project to increase the species' preferred habitat at Scarborough Marsh.

NY Plan Keeps Forests Forever Wild – and Young

By Julie Sherwood, Victor Post

High Tor Wildlife Management Area is overwhelmed with old-age forest, snuffing out new growth and stressing wildlife.

Changes are afoot within the thousands of acres that comprise High Tor Wildlife Management Area in central New York. Soon, hikers and others in view of High Tor from distant roads may notice timber harvests in sections of High Tor on South Hill and Hatch Hill at the south end of Canandaigua Lake.