Healthy Forests

Learn more about why healthy New York forests are essential for birds and people.

Forest with high structural diversity. Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

New York’s forests offer some of the largest and most intact forested landscapes in the Atlantic Flyway.

Stretching from the Pine Barrens of Long Island, through the Hudson Highlands and Catskills, across the Allegheny Plateau, all the way north to the Tug Hill Plateau and the Adirondacks, New York’s forests are home to more than three dozen bird species of conservation concern.

Although forests in the U.S. have largely rebounded since the height of agricultural land clearing in the early 20th Century, many remain fragmented or provide habitat of poor quality due to incompatible management, invasive species, and overabundant deer, while others continue to be lost to development and stressed by a changing climate.

Healthy forests are resilient to stressors such as climate change and invasive species, and they provide critical ecosystem services that benefit people, including flood control, water quality protection, and carbon sequestration, as well as forest products and recreational opportunities.

Audubon New York is collaborating with other state programs within the Atlantic Flyway to address these threats and to protect and improve forest bird breeding habitat in North America via public programs and private partnerships. If you are a landowner or manager interested in improving habitat for birds and other wildlife, check out our Healthy Forest Resources page.

Where We Work

Adirondack Forest Tract
Healthy Forests

Adirondack Forest Tract

A globally significant Important Bird Area, the Adirondack region is home to the largest relatively intact tract of forest habitat in New York State.

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Hudson River Valley Conservation
Healthy Forests

Hudson River Valley Conservation

Guidance for Management of Priority Birds in the Hudson River Valley

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News & Updates

Kunjamuk Young Forest Demonstration Project
Healthy Forests

Kunjamuk Young Forest Demonstration Project

Audubon’s demo forest sites are living laboratories for people to visit, attend workshops, and learn about best practices to create healthy forest habitats.

Forest Fact Sheet
Forest Resources

Forest Fact Sheet

Quick facts about healthy forest habitat and why it's essential. Click here to download and print!

Managing Forests for Birds: A Landowner's Guide
Forest Resources

Managing Forests for Birds: A Landowner's Guide

Download this new guide, full of information about the habitat needs of forest birds plus next steps for landowners to follow when interested in forest habitat management.

Model Forest Takes Shape in Hudson Valley
Healthy Forests

Model Forest Takes Shape in Hudson Valley

The forest habitat sites at the Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center and Sanctuary provide quality bird habitat, model sustainable forest management, and address regeneration challenges.

Audubon & Friends of the IBA Applaud New Bird-friendly Legislation Benefiting Washington County
Press Room

Audubon & Friends of the IBA Applaud New Bird-friendly Legislation Benefiting Washington County

— Public land acquisition will protect critical grassland bird habitat
Audubon Praises Commitment to Conservation in 2018 Senate Farm Bill
Advocacy

Audubon Praises Commitment to Conservation in 2018 Senate Farm Bill

Bill moves to conference committee: Audubon urges robust conservation in final bill

Domtar & AFF Announce Partnership for Forest Conservation and Bird Habitat
News

Domtar & AFF Announce Partnership for Forest Conservation and Bird Habitat

Paper and pulp manufacturer and forest conservation non-profit to assist private woodland owners in forest stewardship for at-risk bird species

Project to Assess Impact of Deer on Forest Bird Habitat
Working Lands

Project to Assess Impact of Deer on Forest Bird Habitat

High deer densities may be negatively affecting forest regeneration, health, and habitat.

Old-Growth Is Great, But Here’s Why We Need New-Growth Forests, Too
Working Lands

Old-Growth Is Great, But Here’s Why We Need New-Growth Forests, Too

Learn why forest complexity is needed to create better habitat for bird species.

Letter: Funding forest land in NY adds future benefits to all
Working Lands

Letter: Funding forest land in NY adds future benefits to all

Empire Forests for the Future Initiative will improve the health, diversity, & resiliency of NY's forests.