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Managing Wildlife Habitats

Native Seedlings Offer Benefits to Wildlife

Do you like seeing birds and other wildlife on your property?  Do you feed the birds in the winter? Why not consider planting some native trees and shrubs to enhance the natural wildlife food sources on your property? There are many things you can do to help our birds and other wildlife meet their needs throughout the year, by improving their habitat on your property.  

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Making Habitat Happen: A Bird's Eye View

The LeClair Tree Farm

For the past 30 years, Art and Gale LeClair have been putting their dreams into action as they manage their 120 acre woodlot in Farmington, New Hampshire. Much of the LeClair’s home is constructed with wood harvested from their land, and the poorer quality trees that Art removes in thinning operations provide fuel for the wood-fired furnace that heats their home. Their property also serves as an outdoor classroom for schools and camp groups.

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Managing Land For Wildlife Economically

Fred Ernst owns 670 acres of forestland in Acworth, NH. His interest in managing land for wildlife began during his career in a forest-based industry. As Fred describes it, “We practiced sustainability of forests and encouraging wildlife was a natural part of the process. When I bought the land in Acworth in 2001, the land had been “high graded” [most commercial quality trees removed], which had a lot to do with my ideas for improvement”.

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A Dinosaur in the Woods: How One Land Trust is Taking Action for Wildlife

This past fall, a brontosaurus made its way through the forests of Epping and Kingston, New Hampshire. But don’t be alarmed! While this beast ate whole trees and shrubs, leaving large forest openings in its path, it was no dinosaur. This “brontosaurus” is actually a large flailing-head mower attached to an excavator, used to grind up shrubs and young trees.

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Juliana and Mark Phillips: Carrying on the Tradition, Caring for Family Lands

featured landowners managing for wildlifeWebster, NH - Mark and Juliana Phillips’ home in Webster is part of 700 acres that has been in Mark’s family for generations. It’s where Mark was “surrounded by nature” as a boy. The land has seen changes since then - pastures grew in and habitats changed. “It was a classic, New England abandoned farm,” Mark says.

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