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Forest Management in Appalachians Benefits Migratory Birds

Golden-winged Warbler; Natural Resources Conservation Service.
By Natural Resources Conservation Service

In 2016, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released a report detailing how wildlife can benefit through the application of sustainable forestry practices. The report, titled Sustainably Managing Forests Creates Golden-Winged Warbler Breeding Habitat, highlights proven conservation strategies for the bird based on sound forestry management.

The report cites research in which scientists monitored golden-winged warbler response to targeted habitat management. They found that managed forestlands can provide enough habitat to support three pairs of golden- winged warblers per 50 acres. In addition, these lands provide habitat for more than 120 other bird species, a third of which are suffering from population declines.