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How a Forest Creates and Re-Creates Itself

By Joe Rankin in the Burlington, VT, Free Press

A few years ago, I started an observational experiment in forest succession on a couple of acres where we once pastured sheep and goats. Rocky and wet, without livestock, the land was hard to keep cleared. So I let the forest recreate itself and just watched the process unfold.

It’s a process that has taken place across much of the Northeast since the mid-1800s.

Poorer Health in Migrating Catbirds That Eat Fruits from Invasives?

Need another reason to get rid of non-native, invasive shrubs and to plant or otherwise encourage native shrubs in your yard or when conducting a habitat management project?

A recent study (see attachment below) by scientists compared the health of migrating gray catbirds -- primarily berry and fruit feeders -- that spend time in habitats where mostly exotic berries are available, such as those from non-native bush honeysuckle and autumn olive, versus habitats where they can fuel up on native berries like spicebush, winterberry, and gray dogwood.

NY Young Forest Initiative Will Expand Woodland Diversity

By Michael Burger

Letter to the editor in Albany Times Union:

I am writing in response to the "Observation Deck" quote from Moisha Blechman regarding New York's Young Forest Initiative.

Woods, Wildlife and Warblers Program Takes Flight in VT

Walk in the Woods program helps folks learn how increasing forest structure and diversity can enhance wildlife habitat

From Vermont Biz

NH Urges: Report Your Rabbit Sightings

NH Citizen Science Project Asks the Public to Submit Information and Photographs

DURHAM, NH -- If you see a rabbit, report it!

Grants to Boost Young Forests in NH

By David Brooks, Concord Monitor.

When it comes to convincing the public to support the ecosystem known as early successional forests, Scot Williamson of the Wildlife Management Institute knows he’s got a problem.

NH Fish and Game to Take Ownership of Cottontail Habitat

By Michael Cousineau, New Hampshire Union Leader

MANCHESTER — The endangered New England cottontail has found a friend in the state Fish and Game Department, which soon is expected to own a prime piece of the rabbit’s habitat.

The Fish and Game Department said it is glad to take over ownership of 57 acres of conservation land near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, saving the airport about $30,000 a year.

NYDEC Prepares Final Plan for Doodletown WMA

By Ann Friedman, Columbia-Green Media, HudsonValley360

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is gearing up to unveil its final plans for the Doodletown Wildlife Management Area in Columbia County, NY.

Several trails and parking areas were made public in late April at the nearly 700-acre property, which was formerly abandoned farmland that in the towns of Ancram, Taghkanic and a portion of Gallatin.

NY Young Forest Initiative Benefits Future of Forests

Commentary in the Albany Times Union by Kathy Moser, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Natural Resources, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, in response to NY's Young Forest Initiative: Nice Name, Bad Idea, by Moishe K. Blechman, a member of the Climate Crisis Committee, Atlantic Chapter, Sierra Club.

What Does Future Hold for NY's Connecticut Hill WMA?

By Jaime Cone for

Representatives from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation gave a presentation September 14 regarding the 11,237-acre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) commonly known as Connecticut Hill.

The presentation was given by Adam Perry, DEC wildlife biologist, and Andrew Drake, DEC forester, and as the evening went on it became clear that one of the main concerns for many of the 75 members of the public who attended was public use of the land.