Wildlife

Manage Habitat to See More Native Wildlife

Every forest has its own unique wildlife, depending on the types of trees growing there. While working to improve wildlife habitat 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 the wildlife, landowners can help ensure their woods are healthy.

FAQs

How can hunting be beneficial to wildlife?

Hunting helps keep the wildlife population on your land under control. Overpopulation can result in damage to your trees. For example, too many deer can be detrimental to younger saplings and can stunt the proper growth of trees.

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, planting native soft and hard mast (wildlife food source) producing species, 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 over grazing, excessive rootin, and browsing on young saplings. This can lead to increased erosion, reduced productivity, and stunted tree growth and possible mortality. Recreational hunting leases can be a profitable venture, helping to generate revenue for management activities.

As a woodland owner, how can I make sure that I have a healthy forest for wildlife?

You can contact your local forester (contact: 843-638-7561) or wildlife biologist. They can answer questions and often hold events to connect landowners with others with similar questions near them.

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

They can visit the SGSF website for more information, reach out to your local forester (contact: 843-638-7561), or find out more about local hunting clubs and forest conservation groups.

Key Resources

Managing for Wildlife 

(National Wild Turkey Federation)

Creating a Home for Wildlife

(American Forest Foundation)

Family Forests Provide Wildlife Habitat

(American Forest Foundation)

Wildlands For Wildlife

(American Forests)