Making Habitat

It's important to actively make young forest for wildlife.
Old field habitat
The Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership offers private landowners consultations and advice on how to create young forest and find funding for habitat projects when available.

Check out four important habitat types where young forest can readily benefit wildlife: Aspen Forest, Hardwood Forest, Old Farmland, and Shrub Wetlands.

Why make young forest on your land?

  • Increase browse and bedding cover for deer
  • Provide critical feeding and nesting cover for ruffed grouse, woodcock, and other resident birds
  • Create protective cover for young and migrating songbirds
  • Make habitat for rare and imperiled wildlife like the golden-winged warbler and more than 40 other Species of Greatest Conservation Need
  • Mimic natural disturbance events that improve forest diversity by adding new ages and types of trees and shrubs
  • Create openings where you can watch wildlife
  • Improve access throughout your land on woods roads, trails, and paths


Get started by contacting:

Randee Wlodek, WYFP Habitat Coordinator
107 Sutliff Ave.
Rhinelander WI 54501
telephone (715) 369-1180
dnryoungforest@wisconsin.gov