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MassWildlife’s Habitat Program is active in all areas of the Commonwealth. Get a glimpse of that work by reading about the featured projects listed here.
MassWildlife is working to enhance and restore Sandplain Grassland and Pitch Pine-Oak Woodlands at Frances Crane Wildlife Management Area (FCWMA) to benefit threatened and endangered animals and plants as well as many game animals, which will in turn benefit people who enjoy these lands. This on-going restoration effort started in 1998 and continues in 2015 with forest canopy thinning and planting native warm season grasses. We sincerely appreciate the public’s support of this project and ongoing understanding. We are confident that the results of this work will provide critical wildlife habitat along with an aesthetically pleasing area that can be enjoyed by the public for generations.
The ecology of Cape Cod and the Islands has been shaped over millennia by fire, both from natural causes and the regular use of burning by Native Americans. The dry, sandy soils of the region naturally support a mosaic of highly specialized ecological communities that are dominated by fire-adapted plant species such as lowbush blueberry, scrub oak, pitch pine, little bluestem and other native warm-season grasses. The native animals found here are adapted to this harsh environment, including periodic fire.
Conservation of special ecosystems like Pitch Pine-Oak Woodlands and Sandplain Grasslands, and the many rare animals and plants they contain, is a priority for MassWildlife. Examples of healthy, intact Sandplain Grasslands and Pitch Pine -Oak Woodlands have become increasingly rare with the relatively recent exclusion of fire from the landscape. As these habitat types disappear, populations of the specialized plants and animals that live in them also decline—as do more common game and nongame species that rely on grass, shrub, and woodland habitats.
Habitat Management at Frances Crane Wildlife Management Area (FCWMA) includes the use of prescribed fire, invasive plant control, tree removal, and mowing. Major mechanical operations began in 2014 and will end in 2015. This work involves two types of habitat:
Our Goal: When complete, the habitat enhancement will look similar to the photo on the left and will include Sandplain Grassland (1) adjacent to open canopy Pitch Pine-Oak Woodland (2).
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