Wildlife Habitat Improvement Practices

The Wildlife Habitat Improvement Practices for Industrial and Non-Industrial Forest Landowners program demonstrates, monitors, and refines wildlife habitat improvement practices in managed forest systems as part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Program standard guidelines.

deer in the woods
Managed forests can enhance cover and food availability for white-tailed deer.

Eastern Gray
Mast-producing trees are an important habitat component for Eastern gray squirrels.

Openings created during forest management provide “bugging” areas for Eastern Wild Turkeys.

nuthatch on a tree
Standing dead wood (snags) provide feeding sites for Nuthatches and other forest-dwelling wildlife.

close up of a turtle
Box turtles are a common occurrence in managed forests.

wood duck box in a pond
Beaver ponds are important habitat features for wildlife in managed forests.

spotted salamander close up
Isolated wetlands provide crucial habitat for spotted salamanders and other amphibians in managed forests.

forest edge
Forest openings increase plant composition and structure for wildlife.

georgia aster, flower, purple
The Georgia aster is federally endangered plant found on the Clemson Forest and is maintained by prescribed burning and disturbance.