Forest management plays an important role in maintaining deer and wildlife habitat. As land becomes at risk with haphazard development, forest management becomes more challenging. To help address this issue, volunteers are helping us manage the lands we own to serve wildlife as well as recreational needs.
For example, since Maine is at the extreme northern end of their range, white-tailed deer seek natural areas for winter shelter and food. Because their needle shape captures falling snow, coniferous tree stands can shield 40% of falling snow, making them ideal cover for deer wintering areas and they may also be a food source.
Deer primarily live off of fat reserves in the winter. So, the combination of minimum energy expended to move about and some food availability help deer survive severe winters. Deer often return to the same locations year after year, thus the name deer wintering areas (DWA).
The Land Trust owns several properties that are open to the public but also serve as important overwintering grounds for a wide variety of wildlife, and soon to include deer. Throughout the year volunteers will be able to assist by helping improve food sources and winter shelter for deer.
Are you interested in helping the Land Trust use our land to enhance wildlife habitat? Contact Anne Reiter at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d love to brainstorm about what might be a good fit for you.
Come join us this Saturday, January 23, for a couple of hours on a gradual walk, with a brief steep section at the end, with gorgeous views of Howard Pond, the Mahoosuc Range and the Presidentials. At the top we’ll build a fire for warming, marshmallows to roast and hot chocolate to drink.
Meet us at the Hanover Town Hall on Route 2 at 1 p.m. to carpool to the beginning of the walk. It looks like there will be good snow cover, so snowshoes will be needed; or please bring footwear with winter hiking traction, such as ice creepers. Dress warmly and carry water.
• Unspoiled scenic views
• A clean and accessible Androscoggin River
• Pedestrian-friendly communities
• Protected wildlife habitats
• Outdoor recreation
• Preservation of plant diversity
• Promotion of working farms
• Productive and sustainable forests
• Education for an environmentally aware public