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FAQ How do I Encourage More Wildlife on My Land?

Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

FAQ   How do I Encourage More Wildlife on My Land?Forest edge

This is a common question that the Foresters and Wildlife Specialists at Woodland Management Service are asked.

Of course the next question that we ask the client is, “What type of Wildlife would you like to encourage?”

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Regardless of which type of Wildlife they are looking for we know that the most important key to maximum Wildlife Habitat is “Edge”.

Edge is basically the area between two or more ecosystems (timber types, timber ages, non forested areas, wetlands, etc.).

It is our job to know which Edge types are needed for the types of Wildlife that our clients would like to attract.

And our next step is to know how to create suitable habitat that will accomplish this maximum edge goal, via different types of cutting, flooding, planting, etc.deer

A few examples of this include Whitetail Deer who like to spend their summers traveling between Cover such as dense forestland and Food such as grasslands or agricultural crops. 

In the winter, Deer will spend most of their time traveling between Food such as last year’s clearcut where they find tender sprouts and Thermal Cover such as dense Pines, Spruce, or Hemlock.

grouseAnother common example includes Ruffed Grouse who do most of their traveling between the edge types on a seasonal basis, spending their time in young pole stands during the mating or drumming season, spending their time in recent clearcuts while feeding the young chicks ample insects that are found in these dense areas, and then spending their Winters in the tops of mature Aspen eating lots of nutritious buds to sustain them through a cold winter. 

Having a good mix of these great cover/food types close to each other will do a lot to attract and keep great populations of these wonderful birds.Forest edge

In our part of the country water is not generally a limiting factor since it is everywhere, but in more arid parts of the country a water based edge component can be the most critical factor.

To learn more about how you can create a Wildlife Paradise on your land, give us a call and we can help you out.

Comments (10)

Roger Stensland
Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound - Maple Valley, WA
Let's Move!

I thought the way to encourage more wildlife on your property was to throw more parties!  Ha!Seriously, nice post.  I really liked the pictures.

Jun 26, 2013 03:31 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It sounds like you have the edge on wildlife management and know what to look for.

Jun 26, 2013 05:08 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Bob - I'd like to discourage some wildlife this year - the underground variety that persists in eating things like my potato seeds and the roots off flowers. 

Although I'd never heard the term "edge," I guess it's why we get a good variety of wildlife in our neighborhood. Thanks for the lesson! 

Jun 26, 2013 05:46 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Great job with the post, I continue to be amazed about all the great knowledge that you share with all of us.

Jun 26, 2013 07:00 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Yes Roger, while at UWSP, that is the way to have a more wild life, but once the kids graduate, they do it a little differently.


Great pun Georgina, Thank you!


Good morning Marte, yes Northern Idaho does have some great wildlife, but moles in the garden are not generally the kind that anyone wants to see.


Thanks Joe, such a kind thing to say, I am hoping to write a series of this type of blog to attract a little google juice in the right places.


Have a great day!!

Jun 26, 2013 08:51 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Very interesting!  We had lots of deer that visited our yard at our last home....wooded wetland site.  Now I live with a major highway directly behind me...no deer now, LOL!

Jun 26, 2013 10:06 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information Bob....I always learn something from your posts...and, the pictures are great too!

Jun 26, 2013 11:46 PM
Erin Bates
CMG Financial and Expansion Marketing Services - Aurora, CO

Interesting - I did not know that you could build habitats to attract wildlife around your home ... well, besides bird feeders that is. I wish I had enough land to call you and have you help me do this! Someday! 

Jun 27, 2013 08:55 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Most people have little idea.   I clear cut and select cut paortoins of my land every few years so there is a variety of vegataion for the wildlife to use.

Jun 27, 2013 11:30 AM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Hi Bob, I am enjoying going through some of your early blog posts and reposts and getting ready to start doing some posts myself soon.

Feb 22, 2019 11:33 PM