University of Maryland Extension

The importance of landscape-scale forest management to meet the full breeding season needs of eastern shore forest birds

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Agnes Kedmenecz, University of Maryland Extension (host); Shannon Farrell, NRCS Partner Forester, WLFW - Golden-winged Warbler program; Dr. Jeff Larkin, Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Several studies in the eastern states, including Maryland, have recently examined nesting and post-fledging habitat use of many at-risk, forest-dependent songbirds. Collectively, this research provides a substantial body of evidence that suggests forest bird conservation is intimately tied to landscape context and within-stand structural complexity. A review of existing literature for many other game and non-game species also reveals support for the importance of managing forested landscapes characterized by diverse stand age classes ranging from very young to very old forests. The challenges of implementing landscape-scale forest management at biologically meaningful spatial and temporal scales are many. The important role private and public forest managers, and their box of diverse management tools play in creating and sustaining dynamic forest landscapes cannot be overstated. Using sustainable forestry practices to increasing forest age class diversity and structural complexity has become an important focus of several conservation partners. This presentation will highlight results of recent studies and share with you how our partnership is working to implement sustainable forestry practices to improve forest health and recover declining bird populations.

This webinar is free, but registration is required. Please visit the Eventbrite link below for more information and to register.

Agnes Kedmenecz
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