Changing land use practices have severely limited the amount of early successional upland habitat (grassland/hedgerows) available to wildlife. DPLAP will provide technical assistance to landowners for the planting and management (e.g., grazing / mowing schedules) of warm-season grass buffers and fields, secondary successional habitats (hedgerows) and shrub-forest ecotones. Upland early successional habitat provides for a variety of Species of Greatest Conservation Need including grassland birds, reptiles, small mammals and numerous insects as well as non-target species such as upland game birds.
Where should I plant upland early successional habitat?
Upland early successional habitat may be planted in agricultural fields and pastures as hedgerows, grass buffers, or you may wish to plant the entire field to warm season grasses. Areas adjacent to streams, wetlands and drainage ditches, as rights of way (under power lines), are ideal locations for incorporating early successional habitat.