Whether or not you decide to start a wildlife enterprise,
you can implement wildlife habitat management practices. A
few common habitat practices in the southern U.S. are
presented. A particular practice may be more beneficial
to wildlife than another -- but may not correspond to
its cost. Some practices may cost more than the
benefit it provides. Costs include not only equipment,
materials and supplies, but also your time and labor. Other
property uses also needs to be considered. Sometimes
simply strip disking every two or three years may be
more beneficial than planting food plots. Conversely,
strip disking may not be an option where timber production
is the primary goal. Therefore, planting food plots
may be an option.
Which habitat practice is best depends on your particular
circumstance. What type of habitat do you have
or need? Which wildlife species? How much
time and money do you want to invest? Only you
a wildlife habitat plan that best meets your needs. There
are a number of wildlife and forestry professionals who
can help with designing your plan. Some government
programs may even pay part of the cost for habitat improvement. After
completing this section of the module, you will be well
on your way to planning the habitat components of your
Learning Objectives for this module:
By the end of this module, you should be able to:
- improve your ability to judge wildlife habitat.
- identify at least ten management practices which
will enhance wildlife habitat in agriculture and pasturelands,
forests, and wet areas.
- understand the components of a natural resource inventory,
including how to acquire property maps.
- design a wildlife habitat plan for your property.
- know technical and financial resources that are available
for improving wildlife habitat on your property.