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Westside Douglas-Fir Forests and Wildlife: Management Tools for Family Forest Owners

Westside Douglas-fir forests are one of the most productive forest types in the world and are common in Oregon and Washington. These forests provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife species. A variety of wildlife species depend upon westside Douglas-fir forests in different ways at every successional stage. Providing vegetative diversity and structure within [Continue]

Wildlife-Friendly Fuels Reduction in Dry Forests of the Pacific Northwest

Reducing fuels, improving forest health and enhancing wildlife habitat are common management goals on our private dry forests. These goals don’t have to contradict each other, if you follow some simple guidelines. This f publication will give you tips and ideas on how to make sure all of your goals are met. Wildlife-Friendly Fuels Reduction [Continue]

Family Forests and Wildlife: What You Need to Know

Family forest landowners have many reasons for owning forestland; enjoying wildlife and providing wildlife habitat consistently rank as top motivators. This publication, the keystone, in a series by the Woodland Fish and Wildlife Group, will give you some ideas on where to begin in deciding how to best manage your woodland for wildlife habitat. Click [Continue]

Wood Ducks on Small Woodlands

Some people say the wood duck (Aix sponsa) drake is the most spectacularly marked duck in the world. Others limit the claim to North America. Regardless, the male “woodie” is one of nature’s masterpieces. In flight, these birds are unusual in appearance with their crested heads, square tails and broad wings. But, close up or [Continue]

Wildlife on White Oaks Woodlands

Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana) provides visual variety to landscapes, income to woodland owners, and habitat for many wildlife species. If unrestrained by over-topping vegetation or disturbance, Oregon oak grow to impressive dimensions and ages. The foliage on spreading branches of massive oak creates shady summer retreats for wildlife and people, and this tree can [Continue]

Coastal Douglas-Fir Forests and Wildlife

The survival of wildlife species depends on diverse habitats. In coastal Douglas-fir forests, diverse habitats can be enhanced by using silviculture systems that allow for management of both forest resources and wildlife. These systems can provide landowners with financial return while also protecting wildlife. There is an essential relationship between wildlife existence and the composition [Continue]

Cavity-Nesting Birds and Small Woodlands

Many birds utilize cavities for roosting, resting, cover, or other purposes during some time of the year to ensure their survival in forested areas in Oregon and Washington. These colorful, active, and interesting bird species have important ecological roles that enhance the beauty and ecological health of woodlands. Click Here for PDF

Wetlands as Varied as Our Region

The Pacific Northwest is highly varied geologically and biologically. This leads to an equally diverse range of wetlands types, including Sitka spruce / skunk cabbage swamps near the coast, willow-choked stream canyons and seasonally-wet salt grass flats east of the Cascades, remnant river channels and wet prairies in the Willamette Valley, and lodgepole pine / [Continue]

Habitat Management for Turkeys on Small Woodlands

Seeing flocks of wild turkeys along forest roads and in adjacent small fields is increasingly common throughout much of the forested areas of Oregon and Washington. Many forest land owners can long remember turkeys showing up at livestock feeding stations in winter, hearing the loud gobbling of the males echoing across forest land during the [Continue]