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Forestry Consulting

Forest Management

Let our forestry consultants help with with every facet of forest management; from woodland management plans that satisfy multiple requirements, timber harvest evaluation and sale administration, timber inventories and tax basis, as well as legacy planning.

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Wildlife Consulting

Wildlife Management

Wildlife management plans written by our skilled staff will create a long term proposal prioritized by your management goals. This guide will deepen your understanding of current conditions and outline a course of action to enhance your resources for optimal wildlife survivability and advancement.

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Non-Native, Invasive Plant Control

Forest Management

Non-native and invasive plants, both woody and perennial, cause harm to the forest and associated ecosystems through complex competitive advantages. Controlling these plants will encourage better native tree and shrub regeneration, healthier existing trees, and promote better living conditions for all forest wildlife species.

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Brush Hogging and Mowing

Forest Management

Sometimes, young forests and habitats are overrun with undesirable species and “restarting” the ecosystem through mechanical removal can expedite the establishment of desirable plant species. Rotational brush hogging and mowing can also be used to promote strong early successional wildlife habitat as well.

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Forest Thinning

Forest Management

Forests that are too dense (too many trees per acre) are more vulnerable to failure due to natural disturbances, pest/pathogen infestations, and lack of available resources. Thinning a forest to assist with spacing, species, and overall health creates an opportunity for a stronger, longer-lived forest and supported ecosystems.

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Edge Feathering

Forest Management

Creating a staggered edge between forests, grasslands, wetlands, croplands, and/or pasturelands increases the biodiversity of wildlife through increased cover and food opportunities.

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Food Plot Establishment and Maintenance

Wildlife Management

Providing beneficial, year-round food sources for your wildlife encourages better health and retention of the resource. Selecting location, size and type of food plot varies based on the wildlife species to manage and should be customized to fit each landowner’s needs.

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Native Grass installation

Wildlife Management

Native grasses are often planted alongside, in addition to, or in place of a pollinator habitat to assist with water conservation, carbon sequestration, and nitrogen fixing. They are among the most biodiverse and complex ecosystems

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Pollinator Habitats

Wildlife Management

Pollinating insects, birds, and bats rely on this habitat type to offer food, shelter and breeding grounds that ultimately provide humans critical resources (food). Pollinator habitats of all sizes offer benefits; no area is too big or too small.

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Tree Planting

Wildlife Management

Tree plantings, whether in old field reversions or interplanings within established forests, create opportunities to increase forested acreage, nurture regeneration, and assist in creating species mixes that will benefit a landowner’s objectives.

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Vernal Pool Establishment

Wildlife Management

Vernal pools are smaller, shallow depressions that offer unique and sometimes critical habitats for certain plants and animals. Creation of vernal pools often bolsters wildlife diversity and provides habitat for threatened and/or endangered species.

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Wildlife Habitat Establishment

Wildlife Management

Creating wildlife habitats in forests, grasslands, wetlands, or prairies encourages specific types of wildlife to live and breed, which ultimately can increase populations. Managing a property for multiple species takes careful and expert planning.

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Wildlife Habitat Boxes

Wildlife Management

Providing habitat boxes for nesting songbirds, bats, squirrels, owls, ducks and insects can offer a durable, predator-proof home that supplements what is found naturally in the forest. These homes need to be constructed according to each species needs, as well as placed in areas alongside their natural habitat.

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Workshops

Wildlife Management

Better Meadows & Woodlands, LLP employs a staff of degreed wildlife specialists and foresters who are happy to teach groups of all sizes about the beauty in our natural world, and how to help make it better. Reach out to us if you’d like to learn more!

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