Forest Wildlife

Forest Wildlife, Biodiversity and Forest Rare Species

For some people, the primary reason for woodland ownership has not so much to do with the consumable values that forests produce--the mushrooms, wild berries, wild game and other edibles; the herbal remedies; or the wood products and firewood. For some, the primary desire has more to do with proximity to nature; solitude; the beauty of natural landscapes; the need for a green oasis; the desire to see and appreciate forest wildlife. Forest wildlife are the animals that live freely in wooded environments.

Americans have long had a fascination with wildlife. Perhaps it began with the unforgettable sights of massive herds of bison and huge flocks of passenger pigeons. In the time since those days, however, most wildlife species have changed considerably. Now there are fewer wildlife and for many species, distribution is more clumped and scattered. Today many woodland owners desire to enhance their land for the benefit of wildlife. Many want to create habitat and augment existing wildlife habitat on their land and beyond that, many want to leave a natural legacy for future generations. They know that forest wildlife management techniques create biodiversity; protect common and uncommon plant species; fortify natural resistance of ecosystems to non-native invasive species;  protect water and soil quality; and provide better insect damage control through an abundance of natural predators like bats, swallows, bluebirds and dragonflies.

The beauty of the many wildlife habitat practices available to forest landowners is that many are compatible with the other benefits landowners desire from their woodlands. Talk to us about your woodland legacy. We can help you with services in wildlife habitat planning and installations; wildlife surveys and assessments; rare species reviews; botanical surveys; forest and wildlife management practices; custom mapping and management plan preparation; conservation easement design and negotiation; and woodland acquisition. A list of just some forest techniques and forest wildlife installations that can benefit wildlife on your land includes:

  • nest boxes and nesting platforms
  • conifer retention and regeneration
  • coarse woody debris and fine woody debris maintenance
  • snag protection and downed tree provisions
  • brush pile(s) creation
  • food plot establishment
  • shrub and tree plantings
  • forest openings
  • forest structural diversity design
  • den trees and cavity tree protections
  • retained species strategies, mast species protections
  • tree removal patterns: variety in shapes and sizes of thinnings
  • rare species protection strategies
  • vernal pond retention and protection
  • riparian buffer zone establishment
  • perch and nest tree protection
  • design of wildlife travel corridors and connectors
  • wildlife display locations
  • thermal cover provisions
  • tree and shrub species variety
  • large tree retention strategies
  • forest canopy gap establishment