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What is the Habitat Program?

MassWildlife’s Habitat Program conserves rare and declining wildlife through restoration and management of grassland, shrubland, and young forest habitats.

The Habitat Program conserves rare and declining wildlife species identified in the State Wildlife Action Plan through restoration and management of grassland, shrubland, and young forest habitats on public and private lands across Massachusetts.  The Habitat Program is a major component of MassWildlife’s Biodiversity Initiative, which includes wildlife biologists, restoration ecologists, and foresters who work cooperatively to identify high priority sites that will benefit from active management. Using information from scientific literature, from biological monitoring, and from private conservation organizations, our staff set statewide habitat goals for MassWildlife lands (see below). These habitat goals were set to provide high quality habitat for both game and non-game species, and include the establishment of forest reserves. When publicized in 2010, these goals received broad public support, and have been endorsed by the State Fisheries and Wildlife Board.

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MassWildlife management goals for grassland, shrubland, and young forest habitats.

Many types of wildlife rely on grassland, shrubland, and young forest habitats – all of which are declining in Massachusetts. The Habitat Program is working to expand these habitat types on state wildlife lands. These lands include Wildlife Management Areas, Wildlife Conservation Easements, and Wildlife Sanctuaries.

Why is habitat management needed?

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