Projects

Young forest habitat projects are designed to benefit certain species or groups of wildlife, or wildlife in general. Use the filter to find a state you're interested in, then visit a project site to get a feel for this habitat that's so important for wildlife and forest diversity and health.

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.

Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area, New York

Rare New England Cottontails on a New York WMA

Fresh habitat made by a "brontosaurus" and other creative management techniques, plus ongoing research by biologists, make this an important site for native cottontail rabbits.

Eustis Family Forest, Vermont

Stewardship and a Working Forest

Working with their woodland, a family uses different timber harvest practices 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 techniques conservationists are using to restore a heath ecosystem on a central Massachusetts farm.

Groton State Forest, Vermont

A Forest Nurturing Wildlife and People

Parts of this state forest are managed to create dense habitat needed by American woodcock, snowshoe hare, and ruffed grouse. Many other kinds of wildlife benefit, too.

Helen W. Buckner Memorial Preserve, Vermont

Shrub Clumps near Mature Woods

Conservationists plant and care for native shrubs on a preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy, helping the highest concentration and the 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 study habitat use and behavior of American woodcock while creating young forest that benefits many different kinds of northern wildlife.

Mt. Nebo Wildlife Management Area, Maryland

Flycatchers, Woodcock, and More

A balance of habitats, including areas of young forest and alders, along with other native shrubs, attract and sustain a broad range of wildlife on this state-owned parcel.

Old Newgate Coon Club, Connecticut

Clearing and brush piles aid a rare rabbit

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

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine

Home for Cottontails on a Bustling Coast

Along the coast of southern Maine, conservationists are planting native shrubs to create thick habitat needed by the New England cottontail, a rare regional rabbit, and many other kinds of wildlife.

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 plan to create much-needed young forest on a popular wildlife management area.

Thomas Darling Preserve, Pennsylvania

Connecting People to Wildlife and Nature's Beauty

A well-marked trail leads to young forest and shrubland habitat that provides food and cover for golden-winged and cerulean warblers, and a host of other wild animals, too.

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.