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.
Managed forests can enhance cover and food availability for white-tailed deer.
Mast-producing trees are an important habitat component for Eastern gray squirrels.
Openings created during forest management provide “bugging” areas for Eastern Wild Turkeys.
Standing dead wood (snags) provide feeding sites for Nuthatches and other forest-dwelling wildlife.
Box turtles are a common occurrence in managed forests.
Beaver ponds are important habitat features for wildlife in managed forests.
Isolated wetlands provide crucial habitat for spotted salamanders and other amphibians in managed forests.
Forest openings increase plant composition and structure for wildlife.
The Georgia aster is federally endangered plant found on the Clemson Forest and is maintained by prescribed burning and disturbance.