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Wednesday, January 27 • 11:20am - 11:40am
Working With Foresters To Achieve Wildlife Goals: Examples From Western Upper Peninsula

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AUTHORS: John DePue, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT: Habitat is the foundation of wildlife management and many wildlife species rely on some type of forest throughout their life cycle. For wildlife biologists, managing the forest landscape can be a challenge, however, there is an important resource that has expertise in growing and cutting tress that can help. Foresters can help achieve wildlife habitat goals through silviculture. Wildlife biologists are experts in what habitats are needed for the species they are managing but often do not have the expertise in how to manipulate the forest to meet those needs. The Western Upper Peninsula is a forest dominated landscape where several wildlife habitat initiatives have been accomplished by working with state, federal and private foresters. Foresters knowledge of specific site conditions, growth rates, and timber sales have helped wildlife staff plan and implement grouse habitat management on state and private land. I provide several examples of wildlife biologist working with foresters to achieve wildlife habitat goals in the Western UP.

Wednesday January 27, 2016 11:20am - 11:40am EST