Conserve Ontario's Carolinian Forests: preserve songbird species at risk, chapter 8
Summary of Management Guidelines for Maintenance of Forest Bird Diversity
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has produced a comprehensive guidance document for land managers entitled “A Land Manager’s Guide to Conserving Habitat for Forest Birds in Southern Ontario” (2011). This document outlines ten ways to be a careful land manager to maintain and enhance woodland habitat for biodiversity and other ecosystem values and functions:
- Get professional forest management advice.
- Use an appropriate, recognized silvicultural system (move beyond diameter-limits, consider group selection).
- Use a written prescription for harvesting (i.e., use a written document that describes the objectives, measures, conditions to be met, and other specific operational strategies to be implemented when harvesting a forest stand in a particular area).
- Retain large and extra-large trees (some of which will be low economic quality/value).
- Maintain or manage for high levels of structural diversity.
- Consider leaving uncut areas.
- Retain old growth and wildlife features:
- living cavity trees, mast trees, snags (the bigger the better);
- maintain or improve native tree species diversity;
- protect existing downed wood and add where possible;
- retain stick nests where they exist;
- preserve the integrity of wet areas (ephemeral ponds, seeps, streams, etc.);
- retain and protect the habitat of species at risk.
- Demand careful, high-quality logging without damage.
- Calculate economic benefits over the long term.
- Enjoy your woodlot!
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