Keys to Creating Great Wildlife Habitat 

by: Nicole Strong, Oregon State University Extension, Fran Cafferata Coe, Caffereta Consulting, and Ken Bevis, Washington Department of Natural Resources

Woodland owners and managers have many reasons for owning land; enjoying wildlife and providing wildlife habitat consistently rank as one of the most important values. The following article will give you a couple ideas of how you can make sure you are creating the habitat you want.

What is Wildlife Habitat?

The World Beneath Your Feet 

Written by Coeli Hoover

The next time you’re in the woods, take a good look around.  Now, close your eyes and imagine a dark and mysterious world filled with strange and wonderful creatures.  Open your eyes and look down...that world is beneath your feet.  Aboveground, photosynthesis drives the forest ecosystem that you see around you.   Below ground, in the forest floor and the soil, decomposition plays that role.  When you look around, you see producers (plants), consumers (insects and critters of various sorts) and if you’re lucky, a glimpse of a predator (maybe even a bobcat).

Go “underground” – do some digging! 

Have you “dug around” to find out more about the soils that hold the roots and provide nutrients for the plants on your property? If it’s growing there it must be OK, right? Well, mostly. But often we don’t take soil into consideration when planting something new, which may lead to poor results. Learning about your soils provides information to decide what species grow best.

Maintaining site productivity during bioenergy harvest operations 

by Deborah Page-Dumroese

Demand for forest biomass for bioenergy production is expected to increase during the next century.  The search for alternative energy sources, including forest bioenergy, increases pressure on the productive capacity of forest lands.  Soils must be able to simultaneously support current timber harvesting methods and provide long-term forest growth. 

Why care about aquatic macroinvertebrates?  

By Cynthia Tait, Forest Service Regional Aquatics Ecologist, Intermountain Region

What is an aquatic macroinvertebrate? Let's break down the term. "Aquatic" means water, "macro" means big (or big enough for us to see without using a microscope) and "invertebrate" means without a