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Manage Your Forests for Wildlife

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Our forests make a vital contribution to our region and beyond by providing economic, consumer, environmental, recreational and aesthetic benefits essential to our quality of life. As a private forest owner, you are a vital link in the sustainability of the watershed's forest resources. Consult the following resources for best management practices and forestry advice to manage your property with native wildlife in mind.

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Forestry for the Bay

Learn about the benefits of owning woods and the resources that are available to help you manage your woods for wildlife.

Virginia Department of Forestry

For landowners interested in forestry services, the Virginia Department of Forestry offers a variety of forest management programs and services to help you find a suitable option for your land. These resources include incentive programs and tax information for sustainable forest management, as well as assistance options for making a forestry management plan tailored to your land.

Virginia Tech

Find information on how forestry work affects wildlife on your land in Virginia Tech’s Landowner’s Guide to Wildlife Abundance Through Forestry. Through these management evaluations and recommendations, you can increase wildlife abundance, and economic and aesthetic value on your property.

Learn about why the native shortleaf pine may be a good option for your land in Virginia Tech’s shortleaf pine evaluation. Its ecological and economic benefits make it a suitable choice anywhere in Virginia.

Virginia Tech’s sustainable forestry guide may be useful in establishing your own sustainable forestry initiative. Sustainable forestry can help improve the health of the forest, regenerate the land for long-term timber harvest, provide quality wildlife habitat, and protect key sites for wildlife health. The guide describes some best management practices and options for certifying your forest following implementation of a sustainable forest management plan.

Young Forest Project

Young Forest is critical habitat for many reptiles, mammals, and birds, but has been largely forgotten in habitat conservation initiatives. Learn about what animals use young forest, and how you can make your own on your property. By following their simple suggestions, you can create a healthy young forest habitat on your land for a variety of native wildlife.



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