Recent News

Eastern or New England Cottontails in Vermont?

By Ken Picard, Seven Days

Vermont, it seems, is in the midst of a full-blown bunny boom. At least, that's the unofficial assessment of several Seven Days readers and staff, who've noticed a dramatic uptick in the number of wild rabbits this year, especially in the Champlain Valley. We've received reports from Burlington, Charlotte, Colchester, Corinth, Essex, Grand Isle, Jericho, Milton and Winooski that higher-than-normal numbers of the cute critters have been spotted snacking on garden veggies, flowers and herbs.

NC Nonprofit Helps Landowners Blend Economics, Ecology

By Karen Chavez for the Asheville Citizen-Times

SWANNANOA – Western North Carolina's forests are having a midlife crisis.

Emerging from a bad past, forests are caught in a middle age limbo, with very little early succession, or young forest — important habitat for deer, turkey, birds and other wildlife — and very little old growth forest, also needed for wildlife, as well as for clean water, healthy soils and carbon sequestration, important in mitigating climate change.

NY Landowners Can Apply for Habitat Funding

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering producers of forest products in the state of New York the chance to apply for funding to increase the amount of young forest habitat for wildlife. Enrollment will continue through July 21.

Second Chance for Yankee Cottontails

By Ted Williams for Cool Green Science

Stunned but delighted is how Dr. Robert McDowell, Director of Wildlife at the University of Connecticut, sounded when I arrived at his office to learn about New England cottontail rabbits.

WILD Act Passes Senate by Unanimous Consent

The U.S. Senate passed legislation by unanimous consent on June 8 to reauthorize the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program and create new national conservation awards.

The Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Act (WILD Act, S. 826) was introduced in April and is championed by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barasso (R-WY) and committee Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE).

Agencies Partner for Troubled PA Game Birds

By Joe Evans

A state-agency partnership is creating more habitat for two troubled game birds and other wildlife species that rely on young forest.

Since 2011, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have teamed to restore thousands of acres of idle, difficult-to-manage habitat for ruffed grouse and woodcock on state forests.

Ruffed Grouse Sighting a Pleasant Surprise

By Bill Reid for the Norwich Bulletin

This past March I was hiking through a forest that had recently gone through an extensive timber harvest.

Most of what foresters refer to as the overstory, composed of dominant, mature white pine, had been harvested to make way for younger and mid-sized deciduous oaks, maples, pines and birch trees.

Planned Fires Help Cape Cod Forests, Wildlife

By Chris Lindahl for the Cape Cod Times

MASHPEE — As firefighters on Tuesday prepared to set part of the forest ablaze off Red Brook Road, they had to check the weather.

Final Sparta Mountain Plan (NJ) Met With Concerns

By Erika Norton for the Sparta Independent


Tree harvest plans:
322 acres managed to accelerate old-growth characteristics (single-tree selection cutting)
100 acres shelterwood cutting
208 acres managed for young forest characteristics (modified tree seed cutting)

Source: New Jersey DEP

Logging, Prescribed Fire to Make Moose Habitat in MN

By John Myers, Duluth News Tribune

Twenty years ago the Superior National Forest, in Minnesota, was criticized for allowing loggers to cut too many trees, especially too many large swaths of forest.

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