- Your backyard could hold the key to bringing back disappearing animals.
Certain animals thrive in budding forests. But when these forests get old, those young loving animals hit the trail out of town.
"This is excellent for grouse and woodcock." What Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz is referring to is young shrubs, brush, and trees.
Some land owners used to have acres of forest like this a few decades ago. But now they've grown, and certain animals have moved on. "The woodcock is really the one. It's the shot heard round the world for the Young Forest Initiative. It was the first species to call our attention to the need to talk to people about this, the situation with the forest and the wildlife that depends on it."
Over the past sixty years, three percent of the easily recognizable song bird have up and disappeared. A percent you wouldn't think seemed significant. "It adds up over time. Think about three percent interest over a savings account."
The Young Forest Initiative reaches out to our local land owners like Roland, who would like to see a few more animals in his backyard as well. "The more interesting part is learning that they're there and what they require and understanding the biology of it. Of course it's a thrill, when you see some of the birds you don't see very often."
So your leisurely stroll in the woods is full of sound and sights.
Holtz says managing your forest is all about varying the age throughout the forest from young to old.
You can find more information about the Young Forest Initiative by following the link below.
Young Forest Initiative