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Harvesting for Habitat

Good OakThis July, the Aldo Leopold Foundation is overseeing a timber harvest on 167 acres of floodplain forest along Levee and Van Hoosen Roads in the township of Fairfield to improve habitat for at-risk birds, restore disappearing ecosystems, and more efficiently manage invasive species. The harvest will advance the long-term management goals for the Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area (IBA), which consists of 16,000 acres cooperatively managed through a partnership including the Wisconsin DNR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Riverside Farm, and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. The IBA provides breeding habitat for over 100 bird species that depend on the Wisconsin River floodplain and adjacent uplands. One of the goals of the timber harvest on the Leopold Memorial Reserve is designed to increase the breeding potential of many bird species of high conservation value, including the redheaded woodpecker, blue-winged warbler, willow fly-catcher, and black-billed cuckoo. Cutting the trees will open up the forest and promote oaks, hickories, as well as native grasses and wildflowers—creating an environment where these birds can thrive. To learn more about this imporant management activity and the goals for the project, check out our recent blog post or plan to attend one of our Public Guided Hikes of the Leopold Memorial Reserve: Wednesday, July 29 at 6:30pm or Wednesday, August 26 at 6:30pm.


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