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Wildlife Upland Habitat

Photo of upland wildlife habitatWildlife upland habitat is designed to create, maintain, or improve food and cover for a variety of upland wildlife. Planting trees, shrubs, warm season grasses and other vegetation that provide food and cover will attract wildlife to an area.

How it helps...

  • Ground cover reduces soil erosion, adds organic matter to the soil, filters runoff, and increases infiltration.
  • It can add value to the farmstead
  • Planned wildlife habitat provides food and cover for wildlife

Benefits

  • Soil Erosion
  • Water Quality
  • Wildlife

Planning

  • Consider the type of wildlife you want to attract and choose cover and habitat for those species. NRCS field staff can help you plan the habitat.
  • Consider whether habitat on your land can complement other types of habitat in your area.
  • Are there any threatened or endangered species you could help protect?
  • Is a particular piece of land better suited to upland habitat than cropland?
  • Include bird houses and feeding stations in the habitat.
  • Exclude livestock from the area.
  • What was your land before it was farmed? If it was grassland or prairie, consider planting it back to prairie.
Maintenance
  • Use weed management to maintain desirable plant species.
  • Prescribed burning may be necessary to regenerate growth and control undesirable species.
  • Replant vegetation if the habitat is damaged by disease or poor weather.