Recent News

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.

Woodcock Conservationists to Convene in MI for Rangewide Symposium

Conservationists – including biologists, administrators, and communication specialists – will gather for the 11th Woodcock Symposium from October 24 to 27, 2017, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon, Michigan.

CT Forest Clearcut for a Good Reason

While it may not look so great to people at first, give it a couple of years – then young forest wildlife definitely won't see this wooded area in western Connecticut as "decimated." Instead, they’ll throng to it for food, shelter, and hiding places.

By Rob Ryser for the Danbury, CT, NewsTimes

NEWTOWN — At first glance, it looks as though a hurricane moved inland and wiped out 12 acres of hardwood forest.

Patch Cuts Provide Homes for Young Forest Birds in MA

Many people are turned off by the messy look of clearcuts – even though such timber harvests efficiently create expanses of important young forest habitat for wildlife. Recent research by two Massachusetts scientists suggests that smaller patch cuts can also help certain bird species.

Spirit of Amateur Conservation Strong in WI, Nationwide

By the Lacrosse Tribune

If you are a landowner interested in improving habitat on your land, you are invited to help the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, in central Wisconsin, celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program on August 26.

In 1987, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service kicked off the “Partners” program: the reason and the need were clear — Americans wanted more wildlife and wildlife habitat than public lands can provide.

Partners Plant Shrubs to Help Maine Cottontails

By Eric Hoar, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area is a 3,100-acre collection of parcels in the towns of Scarborough and Old Orchard Beach. It’s also a focus of habitat enhancement for the state-endangered New England cottontail rabbit. Portions of the WMA consist of old farm fields with pockets of dense shrubs; other areas remain as grasslands. With the help of several partners, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has launched a planting project to make the WMA a better habitat for cottontails.