North Carolina State University Extension will hold a Woodland Owners Lunch and Learn webinar on Conserving Wildlife through Forest Management on May 7th at noon
Forest covers over 60% of North Carolina’s land base, and these woodlands provide habitat for a range of wildlife, including deer, turkey, and songbirds. However, many of the forests are not managed to maximize the number and diversity of wildlife present.
Habitat loss is the greatest threat to wildlife conservation. Landowners can manage forestland to maintain and even create essential habitat for various species of wildlife. Understanding the relationship between wildlife and your woodlands is critical to learning the necessary steps to improve habitat on your property. With planning and appropriate management, you can favor the animals and plants you most desire on your property.
Wildlife have four basic requirements: food, cover, water, and space to live and raise their young. Different wildlife species require different types of food and cover and different stages of plant succession to meet their basic needs. Variations in plant composition and structure, forest age, and soil productivity determine the type and number of wildlife species present on a property. Although there are a few examples of old-growth forest in North Carolina, the majority of North Carolina’s forests developed from abandoned farmland or regenerated after timber harvests in the early to mid-1900s.
Based on decades of experience as a hunter, birdwatcher, researcher, and teacher, in this webinar, Dr. Christopher Moorman, Professor of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at NC State, will describe key strategies to manage forest to best conserve focal wildlife.
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