Sample Case Study:

Wildlife Management

Sarah is married and in her late 30s. She, her sister, and one brother inherited their 200-acre, non-working farm from their mother. Although there is sentimental attachment to the property, for monetary reasons they are going to subdivide the property and sell off parcels.

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White tail deer are a favorite of wildlife watchers and hunters, but they’re also known to gobble up understory plants and vegetable gardens.

Currently, all siblings live several hours away. Sarah comes home most frequently and is the primary caretaker of the property. She enjoys fishing and hunting (deer, turkey) and often cuts her own firewood to heat the old farmhouse. Her siblings enjoy the relaxation and solitude they get when visiting.

The inherited farm is mostly wooded with a large meadow and a high quality trout stream running through it. Part of the farm is an apple orchard, with blackberry patches upslope of a former hay field. One field next to the orchard is rented for pasture.

Long Term Goals
• To maintain the forest habitat optimal for deer and turkey.
• To manage the forest for a feathered edge which will enhance wildlife diversity.
• To have a productive forest which generates income to help pay property taxes and general maintenance while protecting water quality.
• To specifically protect the quality trout stream.

Recommended Management Practices
• Improve timber stands by removing poorly formed trees for firewood and to sell the firewood.
• Thin the entire forest to generate income.
• Seed skid trails and logging roads with native grasses.
• Expand the riparian buffer zone for added protection around the trout stream.

 

 

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