|New England cottontails need brush to survive. Credit: USFWS|
The 22 acres was covered in exotic plants and aging tree stands that didn’t provide as many benefits to wildlife as native shrubs and tree saplings. Young forests are disappearing at a rapid rate in the northeast.
This project is part of the solution. By responsibly managing forests by harvesting stands of trees, prescribed burning, and mowing, patches of young forest can be created and maintained within largely mature forest landscapes. Like your own home and yard, our forests require routine maintenance.
This isn’t your typical makeover, as a clear-cut or burned area may look bad to people for a few years. But, as Kendziora explains, it will be a welcoming and life-sustaining home for wildlife.
Kendziora works for the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Along with numerous partners he is helping to complete two restoration projects that will create much needed habitat for early successional or young forest-dependent wildlife, like New England's only native rabbit. Read more about the project.
More habitat conservation projects: Gumpas Pond Conservation Area