Wildlife

Manage Habitat to See More Native Wildlife

Every forest has its own unique wildlife, which is a natural part of local ecosystems. While having animals on your land may seem daunting at first, healthy wildlife populations are an indication of success and signifies that your ecosystem is improving. However, animal populations can become too large, creating a potential threat to your forest. Feral hogs can cause extensive damage to your property. By creating a plan to manage wildlife and their habitat, landowners can help ensure their woods are healthy.

FAQs

What can I do to help improve wildlife habitat on my property?

Good wildlife management and good forest management go hand-in-hand. Establishing streamside management zones (SMZs), planting native soft and hard mast producing species as a source of wildlife food, leaving standing dead trees, and installing supplemental food plots can all help enhance wildlife habitat on your property.

Why should I manage wildlife on my land?

High populations of feral hogs, deer, and other species can damage your land by overgrazing, excessive digging and browsing on young saplings. That may lead to increased erosion, reduced productivity, stunted tree growth, and possible mortality. Recreational hunting leases can be a profitable venture, helping to generate revenue for management activities.

How can landowners make sure that they have a healthy forest for wildlife?

Landowners can implement Texas Best Management Practices, plant mast producing species, and monitor the land for invasive species and tree mortality.

Who can landowners contact for help with maintaining a healthy forest?

Landowners can contact their local forester for more information.