Habitat Enrichment and Diversification

New England’s pre-colonial land cover featured a rich mix of vegetation types that varied in both age and structure. While most of the landscape remains vegetated today, historic and contemporary land-use practices have “unmixed” the patches and layers, effectively sorting them into more homogeneous units. The rise of simplified habitats has denied many native species access to vital resources.

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Layered and patchy forests promote biodiversity by creating more niches for plants and animals than forests that are uniformly structured.

High Branch works with landowners to enrich and diversify cover, food, and water in order to help wildlife populations thrive. Our enhancement techniques include:

    • Natural dynamics forestry
    • Fine and coarse woody material management
    • Single-tree and small-group harvests
    • Shelterwood and regeneration cuts
    • Maintained wildlife openings
    • Fruit tree planting, pruning, and release
    • Bird- and pollinator-friendly mowing and brush-hogging
    • Nesting, roosting, and basking structures
    • Wildlife food plots
    • Improvements to water and riparian resources
    • Invasive species control
    • Herbivore management
    • Enhancement of movement corridors
    • Birdscaping

Read more about our comprehensive approach to habitat improvement by following the links below.

Wildlife Cover                                                 Wildlife Food                                                          Water for Wildlife

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