Best Management Practices

Site managers have identified several challenges to achieving the best habitat condition in a given locale. First, while prescribed fire is often the best management option, lack of available trained staff or incompatible adjacent land uses can require alternative methods to maintain habitat quality. The number of species of concern and rare species, and the small size of some of the sites further constrains the available treatment options.

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The purpose of this project is to help clarify expected outcomes from different combinations of habitat treatments. In the meantime, the organizations below have archived several resources helpful in maintaining or restoring habitat conditions in support of pollinators and other xeric-associated species.

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Sandplain Grassland Network

The sandplain grassland network is a regional partnership among researchers and managers that formed in 2016 to advance understanding and effectiveness of the management of sandplain grasslands.

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North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange (NAFSE)

The NAFSE is a center for fire science information, striving to promote communication between fire scientists and fire managers within our region.

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Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA)

The Northeast Fish and Wildlife Diversity Technical Committee maintains a Regional Species of Greatest Conservation Needs list and the Northeast Habitat Technical Committee has written about best practices for "Managing Grasslands, Shrublands and Young Forests for Wildlife".

© 2019 by Elizabeth Crisfield on behalf of the Northeast Fish and WIldlife Diversity Committee and the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.