With all of the recent rain we have had throughout the state, FNR has received several inquiries about effects on wildlife and what we can expect. Brian MacGowan, extension wildlife specialist, shares how providing wildlife with quality habitat that contains the necessary food, cover and water resources gives them a fighting chance to deal with issues that inevitably arise.
Forests are more than just trees. Our forests represent a complex ecosystem that is constantly changing over time. This complex system, and the associated research involved to understand it, is the focus of the next series of podcasts. Dr. Keith Woeste with the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center shares how improvements can happen to our forests.
The focus of forest science is increasingly shifting to the management of forests. This new publication "Breeding Birds and Forest Management: the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment and the Central Hardwoods Region" summarizes the effects of forest management on bird species. As we gain knowledge of how forest management affects not only timber production, but also the overall function of the forested ecosystem, we can then improve the ecological value and have an increase in the economic return.
A new educational exhibit aimed for kindergartners to fifth graders called "A Salamander Tale" is ready to be shipped around the country and spread amphibian awareness. Play the video game "Hellbender Havoc" which provides a fun and unique way to learn about hellbenders.