Written primarily by state and federal wildlife biologists and foresters, this guide will provide you with important information on how to maintain and restore these habitats on the lands you own or manage.
Whether you are a novice or an experienced land manager, this guide will provide helpful information anyone can use to better manage early-successional habitats.
New England's only native rabbit, the New England cottontail, is in decline throughout its range. Loss of habitat is one of the primary factors contributing to the decline of the species, so one of the best ways to improve the cottontail's outlook is to protect and increase the amount of suitable habitat available.
Landowners who are interested in making an impact on the survival of New England cottontails can follow the guidelines outlined in this publication.
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.
The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (also called "Natural Heritage") protects the state's wide range of native biological diversity.
The program's highest priority is protecting the 176 species of vertebrate and invertebrate animals and 259 species of native plants that are officially listed as Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern in Massachusetts.