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News Learn about MassWildlife’s habitat management projects at site walks this fall

MassWildlife is leading a series of walks at locations across the Commonwealth. The public is invited to hear from habitat specialists and to view habitat restoration in action on MassWildlife lands.
9/01/2022
  • Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

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MassWildlife's management activities are focused on declining habitat types that provide homes—food, cover, and space—for the state’s most common and most rare animals and plants. The goal is to create and maintain native grasslands, shrublands, vibrant young forests, woodlands, and dedicated forest reserves. Habitat site walks will demonstrate a range of habitat types. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for walking. Site walks will be held rain or shine, but will be cancelled or cut short if there is thunder and lightning.

If you are interested in attending one of these walks, please pre-register here.

Site walk schedule (Click the link under location for directions to the meeting location.)

Site

Date/Time

Description

Location

Montague Plains WMA

Saturday, Sept. 10,
1–3 p.m.

Montague Plains is the largest intact inland glacial sandplain ecosystem in Massachusetts. Learn about over two decades of restoration work and upcoming projects.

Old Northfield Road, Montague

Eugene Moran WMA

Tuesday, Sept. 13,
4–6 p.m.

At the Eugene Moran WMA, MassWildlife staff will lead a pre-treatment site walk and discuss the need for young forest habitat to support many state and regional species of greatest conservation need.

Driscoll Road, Windsor

Frances Crane WMA, North

Wednesday, Sept. 29,
2–4 p.m.

MassWildlife has been restoring native sandplain grasslands, barrens, and woodlands at Frances Crane WMA for many years. Biologists and ecologists involved in the project will discuss how these restoration projects have provided habitat for many rare species.

Nathan Ellis Highway, East Falmouth

Mashpee Pine Barrens WMA

Thursday, Oct. 6,
5:30–7 p.m.

Come see the Mashpee Pine Barrens WMA, an exemplary example of rare pitch pine barrens. You will see habitat restoration in various phases, and MassWildlife staff will discuss the restoration process, important wildlife that depend on the habitat, fire ecology, wildfire risk reduction, and the partnerships that make the work possible.

Great Hay Road, Mashpee

Birch Hill WMA and USACE Birch Hill Dam Project

Thursday, Oct. 6,
4–6 p.m.

Join us at the US Army Corps of Engineers Birch Hill Dam Project for a pre-treatment site walk of upcoming oak woodlands and barrens restoration. MassWildlife staff will discuss the need to remove a dying red pine plantation and to restore large areas of native oak woodland and barrens habitats.

Elm Street, Baldwinville

Mill Brook Bogs WMA

Thursday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m.–noon

MassWildlife and the Division of Ecological Restoration are partnering on a combined wetland and upland restoration project. The woodland restoration has begun, providing both important upland habitat and the native woody material which will be used in restoring the cranberry bog to a native wetland system.

Howland Road, Freetown, Assonet

Leyden WMA

Thursday, Oct. 13,
3–5 p.m.

Leyden WMA's ridgetop woodlands and blueberry and heath barrens not only provide habitat for rare species, but also stunning views. Join MassWildlife staff to learn about the next phase of this restoration project.

East Glen Road and Croutworst Road, Leyden

 

Can’t make it to one of these walks? Learn about MassWildlife’s efforts to manage and restore wildlife habitat at mass.gov/habitat. 

Media Contact for Learn about MassWildlife’s habitat management projects at site walks this fall

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife 

MassWildlife is responsible for the conservation of freshwater fish and wildlife in the Commonwealth, including endangered plants and animals. MassWildlife restores, protects, and manages land for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy.
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