Winter Habitat for Pheasants

Establishing good winter habitat for pheasants is often neglected until there is a devastating winter blizzard or ice storm, when it is too late to help the pheasant population.  When spring weather melts the snow drifts and landscapes become green, it is easy to again forget to make appropriate winter habitat available for pheasants to survive the next winter. Plan now […]

Continue Reading

Forest Farming

Most public and private forest lands of North America have been modified to varying degrees from years of human activity. Certain high-value ‘non-timber forest products’ have been over-exploited and are difficult to find. Forest farming practices can be used by private enterprise to grow desirable non-timber forest products on private lands, to supplement family income and to allow biodiversity to […]

Continue Reading

Agroforestry

Agroforestry integrates forestry technologies into agricultural practices. Through the incorporation of woody shrubs and trees into crop and animal production, agroforestry aims to improve production, protect soil and water resources, diversify income and contribute to sustainable land management. Some common agroforestry practices include alley cropping, windbreaks, riparian buffers and silvopasture but may also be broadened to include any practice, save […]

Continue Reading

Managing Agricultural Land for Wildlife

Often, the management practices associated with wildlife habitat improvement on agricultural lands provide conservation benefits such as reduced soil erosion and better water quality. Wildlife habitat improvement can reduce costs for home energy, cattle feed, and equipment fuel. Some rural landowners earn supplemental income by establishing private or public wildlife recreation preserves on their land. Planning for Wildlife Whether planning […]

Continue Reading