Crop Tree Management for Better Habitat

The NWTF recently completed a two-year crop tree release project in the Ironton Ranger District of the Wayne National Forest in NWTF’s Ohio River Foothills Focal Landscape.

The NWTF provided $18,000 in funding. These funds were used in part to conduct crop tree release on 710 acres. By selectively cutting or removing less desirable competing trees in younger, overstocked forests, the project increased growing space of selected trees, improved mast production and significantly improved brooding habitat for the Eastern wild turkey.

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