Resources

Are you a landowner who wants to make young forest on your property? A land manager who’d like to learn more about this important habitat? A natural resources professional looking for more-technical information? If you are interested in adapting one of these resources for your own state or organization, please contact the author of the resource directly.

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Scientific research article by L.E. Fenderson, et al, in 2014 Ecology and Evolution.

Technical report by Adrienne I. Kovach and Thea V. Kristensen, University of New Hampshire, December 2017 (4.85 MB download).

Habitat Suitability Index for evaluating habitat for New England cottontails on 60 managed sites. Masters degree thesis by Alena Warren, published December 2017.

Scientific research article in March 2016 PLoS ONE, published 2016, explaining how different landscape features allow New England cottontails to disperse and exchange genetic material between populations, and how other landscape features impede dispersal and genetic exchange (4.75 MB...

Scientific research paper by scientists associated with the University of Massachusetts explains how small forest openings - sometimes called patch cuts - can provide habitat for several birds listed by various states as species of conservation concern (603 KB download).

Scientific research paper in Northeastern Naturalist by Joan C. Milam, et al, on how native bees use flowers that grow abundantly in habitat areas being managed as young forest and shrubland for species such as American woodcock and New England cottontail (800 KB download).

Scientific research article by Amanda Cheeseman, et al, in September 18 Ecology and Evolution (2.75 MB download)

Scientific research paper by Scott H. Stoleson of the U.S. Forest Service showing that deep-forest birds and their young frequently move to young forest habitat following the breeding season (482 KB download).

Scientific paper published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin describing a habitat suitability model that conservationists can use to monitor progress in creating and maintaining habitat for New England cottontails (1.28 MB download).

Research study in western Massachusetts shows that creating and maintaining young forest in pitch pine-scrub oak barrens increases the amount of habitat available to whip-poor-wills for courtship, roosting, and nesting (1.5 MB download).

23-page document covering the topics of dead wood, soil compaction, nutrient conservation, and wildlife habitat in temperate forests, including specific forest types of the Northeast (490 KB).

Scientific paper in PLOS-ONE journal explaining how landowners who went out on their properties with natural resource technicians expressed higher trust in the agency helping them create habitat, plus better perceptions of management outcomes.

USDA Forest Service research paper by Mariko Yamasaki, Christine A. Costello, and William B. Leak on effects of different forest management practices on breeding birds and tree regeneration (1.8 MB download).

Scientific paper by D.I. King, et al, reporting on research monitoring nesting success on 15 powerline corridors in western Massachusetts (450 KB).

Scientific paper by Bill Buffum, Christopher Modisette, and Scott McWilliams examining the effect of financial incentives on family forest owners' decisions regarding whether or not to manage their woodlands to create young forest.

Scientific research article by Eric Miller in 2011 Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science.

Scientific research article by Daniel R. Brubaker, et al, in 2013 Wildlife Society Bulletin.

Fruits and migrant health: Consequences of stopping over in exotic- vs. native dominated shrublands on immune and antioxidant status of Swainson's Thrushes and Gray Catbirds. Paper published in 2017 in The Condor.

Mathematical tool for evaluating New England cottontail habitat quality.

Journal article reporting research showing that the numbers and diversity of birds (including species of both young forest and older woodlands) are higher on woodcock singing grounds than at random forest sites in Rhode Island (300 KB download).

Scientific paper in 10 April 2019 Wildlife Research describing possible methods for surveying rabbit populations that may allow biologists to evaluate the effectiveness of habitat-creation efforts aimed at helping the native New England cottontail.

Scientific article by M. Barbour and J.A. Litvaitis examining physical condition, niche dimensions, and survival of New England cottontails in different-sized habitat patches during winter (695 KB).

Research article by L.E. Fenderson, et al, published 2011 in Conservation Genetics

Scientific research article by John Litvaitis, et al, from 28 August 2013 Environmental Management journal (335 KB file).

Technical article in Forest Ecology and Management on powerline corridors and their importance as young forest habitat for a rich array of native plants and wildlife (1.46 MB).