Forestry For WildlifeThe Wildlife Habitat Management program teaches the CFA’s members about the importance of improving wildlife habitat on their woodland properties within the Catskill Region. The program is designed to improve all aspects of wildlife habitat specific to each member’s interests. This includes a crop tree release, releasing apple trees, patch clearcut, releasing desired regenerating tree species from competition, increasing available sunlight to the forest floor, hinge cutting, creating brush piles, creating available nesting habitat, and other techniques.

Wildlife Habitat Management provides essential wildlife habitat on members’ properties, while also enhancing the health of the forest by creating a fruitful and thriving overstory and understory. Contact us to schedule a consultation. We’ll explore your property and let you know what we can do to help improve your wildlife habitat! By providing more food, water and cover, a variety of wildlife species will call your property home.

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What a difference the sunlight makes. Aspen regeneration 3 years after 85% canopy reduction creates ideal early-successional habitat for ground nesting birds species like American Woodcock and Ruffled Grouse.
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NRCS funded cost-share programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) help landowners meet their conservation goals. In this case, creating a younger forest by cutting to release seed trees and build up coarse woody brush on the forest floor.