Check out these young forest habitat projects designed to benefit certain species or groups of wildlife, or wildlife in general. Use the filter to find a state you are interested in.

Many projects result from timber harvests, when new young trees arise from logged trees’ seeds, stumps, and root systems to create important areas of thick habitat. Most forest scientists agree that managing a small percentage of forests to increase habitat diversity does not significantly harm Northeastern woodlands' overall ability to sequester and store carbon; also, durable forest-derived products such as building materials and furniture lock up carbon longterm. Learn more about making young forest in an era of climate change.

Becket Land Trust Forest Preserve, Massachusetts

Meshing Forestry and Wildlife Goals

On a 300-acre wooded tract in the Berkshires, logging 40 acres in a poor-quality timber stand yielded young forest that provides great habitat as it grows back into healthier mature woodland.

Eustis Family Forest, Vermont

Stewardship and a Working Forest

Working with their woodland, a family seeks to promote forest health and wildlife habitat, along with recreation, education, and a financial return.

Frohloff Farm, Massachusetts

Fire Sparks New Life on an Old Farm

Cutting trees, ousting invasive shrubs, and prescribed burning are some of the conservation techniques used to restore a heath ecosystem in central Massachusetts.

Groton State Forest, Vermont

A Forest Nurturing Wildlife and People

Parts of this state forest are managed to help American woodcock, snowshoe hare, and ruffed grouse. Other young forest wildlife benefits, too.

Helen W. Buckner Memorial Preserve, Vermont

Shrub Clumps near Mature Woods

Conservationists grow and groom native shrubs on a preserved owned by The Nature Conservancy to help the highest concentration and largest population of golden-winged warblers in Vermont.

Highland Farm Preserve, Maine

Wildlife and Recreation Instead of Houses

Once slated to become a housing subdivision, this 151-acre preserve now protects old fields, rock outcroppings, vernal pools, and different-aged forest stands for wildlife.

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Maine

Landmark Woodcock Research Site

On this expansive federal refuge in eastern Maine, biologists have studied habitat use and behavior of American woodcock while creating young forest that benefits many different kinds of northern wildlife.

Old Newgate Coon Club, Connecticut

Clearing and brush piles aid a rare rabbit

Making young forest and shrubland on this 613-acre private club helps wildlife while linking members to state and regional conservation efforts.

Sparta Mtn. Wildlife Management Area, New Jersey

Collaboration Brings New Life to a Forest

New Jersey Audubon and the state Division of Fish and Wildlife jointly developed a management plan to create much-needed young forest on a popular wildlife management area.

Wells Reserve at Laudholm, Maine

Special Help for New England Cottontails

Wells Reserve intensively manages sites to maintain 70 acres of linked young forest and shrubland that provide a home for New England cottontails and other wildlife.