EVERYONE CAN TAKE ACTION TO CONSERVE, PROTECT, AND ENHANCE FISH AND WILDLIFE SPECIES AND THEIR HABITATS.
Methods to Preserve Habitats
Restored Wetlands. If you had to choose a single habitat or practice, this is probably the habitat used by the most species.
Windbreaks/Shelterbelts. Rows of trees and shrubs offer prime shelter and food in the winter.
Riparian Buffers. Habitat value is enhanced by being next to water, and vegetation along streams improves water quality for fish and wildlife.
Diverse Grass Plantings. Blocks of native grasses and forbs intermingled with forageland and crop fields can offer grassland birds nesting, cold weather cover, and protection from predators.
Forests. Manage your timber by planting lower densities, thining or burning, and leaving open spaces or borders of grasses and legumes. Trees left along streams support fish habitat.
Habitat Connection Corridors. Large blocks of grasslands, wetlands, or woodlands are most useful when connected by corridors of grasses and trees that protect wildlife on the move.
Farm. Managing grazing land with planned rotational grazing can protect streamsides for fish, create diverse habitat for wildlife, open up dense vegetation canopies, and provide nesting habitat.
Cover Crops. Flowering plants, certain legumes in particular, can be included in cover crop mixtures to promote beneficial insects and wildlife.
Edge Plantings. “Edge” covers are a strip of plantings between a crop field and forest. This practice meets several wildlife needs at once.
Clean Water. Conservation practices that protect upland soils and streamsides also produce cleaner water for wildlife for fish, wildlife, livestock, and people.
The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for conservation-minded landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural land, nonindustrial private forestland, and Indian land.
© San Juan Islands Conservation District 2016