Turning a Logging Deck into Wildlife Habitat

The NWTF contributed $28,650 for a two-year project to convert 25 existing log decks on the Big Woods Wildlife Management Area and the bordering Big Woods State Forest in Sussex County, Virginia, into quality brood range and establish native shrub and pollinator habitat.

The project established habitat for turkey poults and bobwhite quail chick rearing in a well-distributed mosaic across the project area.

Additionally, funds helped initiate bulldozing and forestry mulching in combination with herbicide application to eradicate undesirable and invasive species and clear existing log decks.

Funds allowed the planting of 2,500 native shrub seedlings and a native seed mix to benefit bobwhite quail, wild turkeys and pollinators.

Additional partners include West Virginia NWTF State chapter, Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund. 

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