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16,000 Forested Acres Bought in NY, New England

By Brian Nearing, Albany Times Union

A national conservation group is protecting more than 16,000 acres of forest in Rensselaer and Washington counties from potential development while also guaranteeing it remains available for sustainable forestry and recreation.

Lands purchased by the Virginia-based Conservation Fund include forests next to Cherry Plain State Park and the Capital District Wildlife Management Area, which cover about 4,300 acres in the southern Rensselaer County town of Stephentown.

U.S. Bird Report Shows Progress

By John Myers, Duluth News Tribune

The future of golden-winged warblers in Northland forests, ringneck pheasants in farm country and sage grouse in the mountainous west are tied to the massive farm bill that's starting to wind through the Washington labyrinth, a coalition of wildlife and government agencies said Wednesday.

New Best Management Practices for New England Cottontail

A new 28-page publication, Best Management Practices for the New England Cottontail: How to Create, Enhance and Maintain Habitat, will equip habitat managers and landowners with detailed knowledge of how to make habitat necessary for the survival of the New England cottontail, a rare regional rabbit currently found in six northeastern states.

The new BMPs are currently published in an electronic format. Physical copies will be made available in the coming months.

RI Bobcat Tracking Program Nears End

(In a healthy environment, New England cottontails form a significant part of the prey base for bobcats and other predators. Wildlife scientists are studying bobcats’ population, distribution, and home range sizes in Rhode Island. The state’s Department of Environmental Management monitors the cats’ potential impacts on cottontails.)

By Jackie Roman, Valley Breeze and Observer

NJ Cabin Owners Working to Save Endangered Birds

(Editor's note: When multiple landowners cooperate to make habitat for wildlife, the impact of their habitat creation efforts is increased. Conservationists working to help New England cottontails, American woodcock, and other young forest wildlife may learn from and be inspired by the article that follows.)

By Michael Izzo, NJ Daily Record

A group of Jefferson Township cabin owners are taking action to rescue an endangered species of bird by making their property an ideal habitat.

Eastern or New England Cottontails in Vermont?

By Ken Picard, Seven Days

Vermont, it seems, is in the midst of a full-blown bunny boom. At least, that's the unofficial assessment of several Seven Days readers and staff, who've noticed a dramatic uptick in the number of wild rabbits this year, especially in the Champlain Valley. We've received reports from Burlington, Charlotte, Colchester, Corinth, Essex, Grand Isle, Jericho, Milton and Winooski that higher-than-normal numbers of the cute critters have been spotted snacking on garden veggies, flowers and herbs.

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.

Second Chance for Yankee Cottontails

By Ted Williams for Cool Green Science

Stunned but delighted is how Dr. Robert McDowell, Director of Wildlife at the University of Connecticut, sounded when I arrived at his office to learn about New England cottontail rabbits.

WILD Act Passes Senate by Unanimous Consent

The U.S. Senate passed legislation by unanimous consent on June 8 to reauthorize the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program and create new national conservation awards.

The Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Act (WILD Act, S. 826) was introduced in April and is championed by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barasso (R-WY) and committee Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE).

Agencies Partner for Troubled PA Game Birds

By Joe Evans

A state-agency partnership is creating more habitat for two troubled game birds and other wildlife species that rely on young forest.

Since 2011, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have teamed to restore thousands of acres of idle, difficult-to-manage habitat for ruffed grouse and woodcock on state forests.

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