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Solution: Upland Wildlife Habitat

Upland Wildlife Habitat:  Creating, maintaining or improving food and cover for upland wildlife.

 

How it Works

Photo of upland wildlife habitat.

Planting trees, shrubs, warm season grasses and other vegetation that provide food and cover will attract wildlife to an area. The perennial ground cover reduces soil erosion, filters runoff and increases infiltration. Carefully planned wildlife habitat can add value and beauty to a farm.

Planning

  • Consider the type of wildlife you want to attract and choose cover and habitat for those species. NRCS field staff and DNR wildlife specialists 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.

Questions?  Ask a Conservationist!