NY Landowners Can Apply for Habitat Funding

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering producers of forest products in the state of New York the chance to apply for funding to increase the amount of young forest habitat for wildlife. Enrollment will continue through July 21.

New England cottontail

New England cottontail in habitat.

New York has seen a decline in populations of New England cottontail, golden-winged warbler, American woodcock and other species of native wildlife that need young forest. The reductions in their populations can be traced to a statewide decline of young forest, a type of habitat in which tree seedlings, saplings, shrubs and other early successional plants grow densely, providing food and cover for many kinds of animals including songbirds, game birds, mammals, and reptiles and amphibians.

Funding is available to private forest owners and operators for forest stewardship planning, and for carrying out practices that create and restore young forest habitat.

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