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Updated: October 18, 2021

Natural Area Management Services Directory: Establishing/Managing Wildlife Habitat

Establishing and/or managing wildlife habitat helps property owners reach their goals for assisting one or more native species. Providers of wildlife establishment and/or management are listed here.
Updated: October 11, 2021

Natural Area Management Services Providers Directory listings

This directory is developed by the Woods in Your Backyard Partnership and the University of Maryland Extension's Woodland Stewardship Education program. This directory serves as a way to connect land owners and managers to green industry services providers. The directory has been organized by service and alphabetically. Click or tap on the icons below to access the listings.
Updated: September 30, 2021

Maryland Consulting & Industrial Foresters Directory - University of Maryland Extension Fact Sheet #1059 (revised August 2021)

The Maryland Consulting and Industrial Foresters Directory lists licensed professional foresters who offer a wide range of services to woodland property owners. Services include forest stewardship plans, timber stand and wildlife habitat improvement, and much more. The Directory is for reference only and is not an endorsement of any forester listed.
Updated: September 3, 2021

Wildlife Damage Control

These resources provide information about managing wildlife damage caused by deer and by voles.
Updated: August 31, 2021

Natural Area Management Services webinar series

This webinar series, designed for green industry professionals, was held in two parts (fall 2020 and spring 2021).
A Maryland county forester talks with a landowner
Updated: August 20, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight (2016-present)

Since its debut as a regular Branching Out feature in 2016, the "Woodland Wildlife Spotlight" has profiled a wide variety of species native to Maryland.
Updated: August 19, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Striped Skunk

The striped skunk is found throughout Maryland and is actually a very successful species, with a range that occupies a large portion of North America. They prefer habitat with a variety of woodlands and open fields, which means they can also be found in both rural and suburban settings.
Striped skunk digging on woodland floor
Updated: August 19, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Red Fox

The red fox is the largest of the fox family, found throughout this continent, from the Arctic Circle to Central America, as well as in Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. DNA tests have shown that the red fox is indeed native to North America and that the populations in the mid-Atlantic and southern states are the result of range expansion from the northeast and Canada.
Red fox along a stream
Updated: August 19, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Eastern Wild Turkey

The Eastern wild turkey performs a year-round role in the woodlands of Maryland and the mid-Atlantic. Because the turkey does not migrate, they may be found across Maryland year round.
Eastern wild turkey displaying fanned-out tail feathers
Updated: August 19, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Chuck-will's-widow

Once you’ve heard the call of the Chuck-will’s-widow, chances are you won’t easily forget it. This vocal bird has been observed, or heard, throughout Maryland except for in Carroll County.
Chuck-will's-widow after dark with wings extended