Management of Habitats

Habitats – where animals live – in terms of both in quantity and quality, are the primary key to wildlife abundance. Man’s activities or lack thereof impact habitats in a variety of ways, and can be negative, positive or neutral in their impacts to wildlife. Activities that alter habitats can be beneficial to some wildlife species but negatively affect others.

General habitat categories include forests and woodlands, wetlands, croplands, grasslands, and aquatic habitats. A single landowner might have only one or two habitat types on their land, while others might have all. Land may be used primarily for agriculture or timber income, and other land might be used primarily for recreation. Any of these lands can potentially be managed to benefit wildlife and possibly even increase farm or forest income.

Regardless of what habitats you might have on your property, the information on the various habitat sections should be helpful in guiding you to manage your land to the betterment of wildlife and conservation. Direct technical assistance is also available from a variety of natural resource professionals.