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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.

Proposed Forest Management Project in CT to Help Cottontails

By Andrew Gorosko for the Newtown Bee

The Newtown Conservation Commission has submitted for Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) review a forest management plan covering two adjoining town-owned open space parcels comprising an overall 42.5 acres near Stone Bridge Trail and Nighthawk Lane in Sandy Hook.

The IWC is expected to review and possibly act on the proposal when it meets on September 28. The application is submitted under the terms of the town's forest practices regulations, which the IWC administers.

Cooperation Key to Healthier Forests in Midwest

By John Weiss, Rochester MN Post-Bulletin

KELLOGG, MN – When Larry Gates drives along Wabasha County Road 14 paralleling East Indian Creek several miles south of Kellogg, he sees mostly green trees on bottomlands, bluffsides and blufftops.

In the future, he would like to see a much different, diverse landscape with more young forests, more goat prairie, large patches of brush between fields and forest.

In short, he wants it to look more like his land along the road where he owns 511 acres and has been managing them for more ecological diversity.

Group Thins Albany Pine Bush

By Cathleen F. Crowley and Liam McGurl, Albany Times Union

Ambitious plan aims to restore the New York sanctuary's lands to pine barrens

Tree cutting, brush clearing, landscaping: It looks like new construction is coming to Washington Avenue Extension and New Karner Road. But no, it's not condos. It's habitat restoration.

Saving the New England Cottontail

By Ellen Liberman, Rhode Island Monthly

In a small, low-slung building off the entrance of the Roger Williams Park Zoo, eleven presumably pregnant New England cottontails awaited a new generation — along with conservationists in six states. Each plastic-bottomed cage, stacked on tiered metal carts, bore an identification number for the female and the estimated due dates.

Restoring Kentucky Grouse a Work in Progress

By Gary Garth, Special to the Louisville Courier-Journal

Historically many wildlife species, including whitetail deer, elk, turkey and ruffed grouse, were common across Kentucky.

Then following a myriad of disrupting factors, primarily human encroachment and habitat loss, deer, turkey, and grouse numbers plummeted. Native elk were actually eliminated from Kentucky, the last one having been recorded around 1860.

NJ Promoting Bobwhite Quail Comeback

By Michelle Brunetti Post, Press of Atlantic City

WOODLAND TOWNSHIP — In a forest clearing on a large cranberry farm, field technicians with New Jersey Audubon used electronic equipment to search for bobwhite quail.

The wild birds from Georgia were banded with electronic collars and released in the past two years, and a bobwhite nest was found earlier at the site, tucked inside tall grasses on a mound of topsoil.

Tracking Songbird Progress in PA Forests

By Justin Fritscher, NRCS, from the USDA Blog

"Hear that?" Dr. Jeff Larkin bent his ears to a nearby cluster of trees amid a sea of briars.

"There's one in there," Larkin said excitedly. We were on the trail of a golden-winged warbler, a black-bibbed songbird that winters in South and Central America and spends its springs and summers here in Appalachia where it breeds, nests, and raises its young.

USDA Releases 3-Year Strategy to Help Cottontails

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 11, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a new three-year conservation strategy to help restore declining young forest habitat in the Northeast, part of an ongoing effort to help the region’s only native rabbit and more than 60 other kinds of wildlife.