Restore and Maintain Older Forests

While there has been a regional focus on the lack of and need to create young, early-successional habitat in recent years, there is also recognition and consensus from wildlife biologists about the importance of older, late-successional forests for wildlife. Many of the components of these mature forests - large living and dead trees and downed woody material, for example - are important to a variety of wildlife species.

Most forests in the northeast are currently less than 100 years old, which means that mature forests are somewhat lacking on the landscape. Efforts to restore, maintain, and conserve these late-successional characteristics can help to promote forest diversity as well as wildlide diversity, since ensuring a variety of habitat types are present will help ensure a variety of widllife on the landscape.