Edge feathering used to increase habitat structure

The NWTF and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife forged a partnership project to enhance habitat on the Major Gregory Sanborn Wildlife Management Area, a part of NWTF’s Piscataqua River Focal landscape, to increase cover and food sources for upland game.

Edge feathering, a process of hinge cutting that turns small trees into shrubby habitat, was used in a stand of aspen and alder to increase habitat structure and plant diversity.

Select oak and apple trees were removed to increase mast production for wild turkeys, ruffed grouse and white-tailed deer.

The project’s total cost was $9,600, and the NWTF contributed $1,000 and project design work.

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