Foresters for the Birds

Photo by Ed Zlonis

Forestry with birds in mind

In response declines in songbird populations in New England, Audubon Vermont and Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation launched Foresters for the Birds, a program that promotes forest stewardship to enhance bird habitat. The success of the program is the integration of silviculture with songbird habitat enhancement. The Foresters for the Birds program provides forest stewards with tools for effectively communicating with landowners about the benefits of managing forests with bird habitat in mind. Essentially, Foresters for the Birds “lets the birds tell the story about how forests can benefit from thoughtful management,” engaging woodland owners in a positive manner to take stewardship steps on their property. The Forest Stewards Guild has worked with partners such as Maine Audubon to expand the program to other regions including the Southeast, Lake States, and Pacific Northwest. Specifically, the Forest Stewards Guild and partners are: 

  • Working with biologists and conservationists to identify habitat and silvicultural recommendations for at-risk bird species.   
  • Hosting educational workshops that engage the network of foresters, woodland owners, tree farmers, land trusts, and conservation organizations in promoting the connection between bird habitat and working woodlands. 

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