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Manage for Wildlife

Wildlife and Your Land:  The Wildlife and Your Land series is designed to offer suggestions to you, the private landowner, on how to manage your land for wildlife.

Michigan Forest Management Wildlife Habitat Guidelines:  Forest management practices are a key to managing wildlife habitat and populations. These practices can produce the diversity of vegetation types required by numerous wildlife species that depend on specific forest stand conditions to meet their life requisites.

Wisconsin Woodlands: Wildlife Management:  This publication discusses some of the basics of wildlife management. It lists useful management practices and techniques, the steps involved in developing a wildlife plan management plan, and sources of additional information and assistance.

Incorporating Wildlife Needs into Forest Management Plans :  As a landowner, you have the opportunity to manage all or part of your land in a way that is sensitive to wildlife needs. If you have made the decision to harvest timber from your property, you can decide to protect important habitat components for wildlife while harvesting timber.

Woodland Wildlife Management:  Land management for any purpose requires planning, time, labor, and money. An efficient and cost-effective way to manage a parcel of forest land for wildlife habitat and/or recreational objectives is through timber management. Timber management occurs in three stages: regeneration, intermediate treatments, and harvests. When preplanned, all stages can create desirable habitat components.

A Landowners Guide to Woodland Wildlife Management:  This publication was developed for the private landowner to manage your property for enjoyment and profit, for the betterment for wildlife habitat and populations, and for the overall sound stewardship of Wisconsin's natural resources. Emphasis is on Ruffed Grouse.

Trail Design for Small Properties:  Trail Design for Small Properties provides simple, inexpensive solutions for designing, building, and maintaining sustainable trails.

Coverts Woodland Wildlife Management Program:  "Coverts" is a Woodland Wildlife Management Program for Private Landowners (sponsored by University of Wisconsin).

Tree Identification

Tree Identification in the U.P:  Upper Peninsula tree identification key from Michigan State University Extension.
Identify that Tree: 
Confidently identifying trees requires a good deal of knowledge to distinguish the characteristics of a particular genus of tree. Examining different tree parts will enable the searcher to identify the various trees located in the wild. 
Dichotomous Key Tree Identification:  A dichotomous key is one tool that can be used to identify trees. A dichotomous key contains a series of choices that lead the user to the correct name of an item. "Dichotomous" means "divided into two parts." Therefore, a dichotomous key will always give two choices in each step.

A Basic Guide to Tree Identification:  While trees are similar in the shape, all trees are not the same. Trees come in many different shapes, sizes, types of leaves and more variations. Also, depending upon where you are located, the types of trees that grow there can change dramatically. To assist you in identifying the various types of trees that exist, we have put together the following resources.

Tree and Plant Identification:  Plant identification requires extensive examination, including the close observation of a tree or plantís structure and texture.

Natures Playground: Identify Trees, Flowers and Animal Tracks:  Studying nature is a wonderful way to recognize the beauty and brilliance of natural design. Whether you live in a rural country area or a busy city, you can find many different animals, plants, and trees that will help you understand how important nature is to our planet.