Recent News

New England Cottontails Multiply on Patience Island

By Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The rabbit twitches its nose, sniffing the air outside the cloth sack. Crouching low on the ground, with its ears tucked tight to its body, and probably a little unsettled by its long journey by boat and truck, it barely has time to take in its new surroundings before Brian Tefft gives it an unceremonious smack on the behind.

"Go forth and prosper!" says the wildlife biologist with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

New York to Create Young Forest on 10 Percent of WMA Woodlands

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced plans to manage at least 10 percent of forested stands on 90 of the agency’s 125 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) as young forest.

Over the next ten years, DEC will use timber harvests and other management techniques to create young forest on approximately 12,000 of the 120,000 wooded acres on WMAs statewide. Those acres do not include areas of shrubland, which will be managed separately. DEC plans to maintain 10 percent of all WMA woodlands as young forest in perpetuity.

Protecting Wildlife in the Thick of It

By Meghan Bartels for Science Line

The New England cottontail has a lot going for it: a whiskery face, a fluffy tail, the PR value of American literary icon Peter Rabbit. The U.S. government recently decided not to add the official moniker endangered species to that description. Still, federal conservation officials are worried enough about the iconic rabbits and their neighbors that the government has unveiled a proposal to spend around $100 million to create thicket refuges in a crowded region.

Young Forest Project Underway in Adirondacks

Foresters and wildlife biologists with Lyme Adirondack Forest Company (an affiliate of The Lyme Timber Company) and the Wildlife Management Institute have sited a young forest habitat demonstration project on part of Lyme’s 239,000-acre ownership in the Adirondacks of upstate New York.

Tracking the Elusive New England Cottontail

By Dana Mark, Taconic Outdoor Education Center, in New York State Park Nature Times

It is a typical morning at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center (TOEC) in Fahnestock State Park, Putnam and Dutchess counties, New York. The sunshine beams through the forest, a chorus of songbirds are greeting the day, and 60 elementary school students are making their way to breakfast to fuel up for an active day of learning in the outdoors.

Woodcock Limited Expands Its Reach

By Tyler Frantz, for the Lebanon (PA) Daily News

Hawthorn, alder, crabapple and dogwood thickets, rife with moist soil and early successional growth, provide the ideal habitat for the American woodcock. Also known as a timberdoodle, this fascinating game bird has benefited greatly from the work of those who pursue it.

Wildlife Thrives in Young Forest

By Dave Anderson, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, for the Manchester, NH, Union Leader

More than once, a dyed-in-the-plaid-wool-hunting-jacket old-timer has reminisced to me about legendary game bird and deer hunting opportunities of their youth in 1940s and '50s New Hampshire. And then, just as often, wistfully lamented: “Those woods have all grown up now and there's no hunting like THAT anymore.”

Record Habitat Funding in Wisconsin from RGS/AWS

By Jane Fyksen, Agriview

Ruffed grouse, American woodcock, golden-winged warblers and numerous other wildlife species require regenerating forest stands that develop following timber harvests and other forest-management activities. The Ruffed Grouse Society and its sister organization the American Woodcock Society are providing $80,340 through the Wisconsin Drummer Fund to 15 projects in Wisconsin that will enhance young forest wildlife habitat and increase hunter access to prime hunting areas.

Panel Calls for $1.3B to Benefit Vulnerable Species, Habitats

By Dave Solomon, New Hampshire Union Leader

The state’s budget for helping to save vanishing species and their habitats would increase from about $1 million a year to $13 million if a proposal by a national blue-ribbon panel is adopted by Congress and signed into law by the President.

Game Commission Helps PA State Bird

By Kent Jackson, Staff Writer, Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice

Ruffed grouse don’t grow old, but their habitat does.

The birds, which have a life expectancy of two or three years, need young forests to thrive.