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Many Maine Endangered Species Need Young Forest

By Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News

(Note: Many of the wild animals listed in this article require young forest habitat, which has been dwindling in Maine and other Eastern and Midwestern states.)

A wide diversity of animals call Maine home, and many of those animals are getting along just fine. But there are a number of creatures that are becoming scarce, and when their numbers dip low enough, they’re placed on the Maine State List of Threatened and Endangered Species.

Volunteer to Plant Shrubs for NH Cottontails

New Hampshire Union Leader

DURHAM — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and UNH Cooperative Extension are seeking volunteers to help restore the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit.

Kids, Parents Learn About Wood Products, Forestry

Dan D’Ambrosio, Burlington Free Press

SHELBURNE, VT - About 20 kids and their parents were foresters for a day at Shelburne Farms Saturday, learning the importance of trees to the Vermont economy and the environment. The highlight of the two-hour program was the felling of a 125-year-old Norway spruce in a wood lot near the Farm Barn.

Powerlines Benefit Wildlife and Environment, CT Study Shows

By Sheila Foran, in Phys.org News

Powerlines, long considered eyesores or, worse, a potential threat to human health, actually serve a vital role in maintaining the health of a significant population, according to research out of the University of Connecticut.

Related story: Conservationists say that many New England powerlines are in danger.


New Habitat Guidelines for Six Species of Eastern Wildlife

The American marten, Bicknell’s thrush, Canada warbler, rusty blackbird, scarlet tanager and wood thrush – six beleaguered northeastern forest animals – should get a boost from a new series of publications explaining how best to create and manage habitat for them.

Grants Help MA Landowners Improve Habitat, Boost Recreation

By Joel Martinez and Tashanea Whitlow, WWLP

WARE, Mass. – Private landowners Brian and Martha Klassanos of Ware received a $26,750 grant to treat invasive plants, establish grassland habitat and improve shrublands on their Muddy Brook Valley property.

The couple told 22News they applied for the MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant in the fall, saying, “There is a lot of natural biodiversity here, and what we’re trying to do is make sure that is stays the way it’s supposed to . . . . We’ve got a lot of rare species and we just want to steward it the proper way.”

New Plans for Young Forests in New York

by H. Rose Schneider for the Altamont Enterprise

Prescribed burns are scheduled every year at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, once every 10 years for each habitat site. They promote the health of the preserve.

ALBANY COUNTY — It may seem counterintuitive, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to remove trees in various protected areas across New York State.

Devastating Wildfires Likely in Eastern Forests

By Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State News

The intense wildfires that swept through the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee in November 2016 were a tragic melding of the past and the future, according to a researcher at Penn State University.

Restoring a Natural Pine Barrens on Cape Cod

By Andrea Ray, Wareham Week

Not many people know what Cape Cod should look like, sighs Diane Lang. The Trustees of Reservations South Coast Superintendent remembers how, as a child, she knew that she’d reached the Cape: “All of the trees were really scrubby, so you could see everything.”

Newest National Wildlife Refuge Starts in NY’s Hudson Valley

By Allison Dunne, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio

Federal, state and local officials gathered Wednesday in Dutchess County to mark the establishment of the nation’s newest wildlife refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first land acquisition for the six-state refuge is a 144-acre preserve donated by The Nature Conservancy.

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