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Making Habitat Happen: Shrublands

Would you know shrublands or young forest habitat if you saw it?  Do you have shrublands on your property?   Perhaps you’re interested in managing shrublands to keep the wildlife they attract on your property?  No matter what your interests may be, we have some great new resources available on the Taking Action for Wildlife website for landowners, communities and conservation groups interested in managing shrubland habitats.

Why is managing shrublands important?  Shrublands require disturbances to maintain their unique characteristics.  Sometimes these disturbances occur naturally, but sometimes we can manage these areas to mimic natural disturbances in places where disturbance has been eliminated or diminished.  Shrublands and young forests in NH are used by over 100 species of wildlife including many mammals, reptiles, insects, and songbirds.  Many of these species are experiencing population declines, such as the state-endangered New England cottontail.  In addition to providing important cover from predators, shrublands produce abundant fruits and insects, which are important foods for many birds and mammals.

The Making Habitat Happen: Managing Shrublands page will help you to identify the type of shrubland you may have on your property: wet shrubland, old field, or young forest.  Once you’ve identified the type of shrubland, the website will introduce typical plant and wildlife species, and guide you step-by-step through when and how to manage these habitats.  Plenty of photos accompany the steps so you’ll know what managing shrublands looks like.

So if you’re interested in managing shrublands, or just want to learn more about these critical habitats, be sure to check out the Making Habitat Happen section of our website.  Check back often as we’ll continue to add additional habitat types for you to explore, and keep your eyes peeled as we feature different habitat types in future Taking Action for Wildlife newsletters.