Forest Resource Center

Free resources for foresters and landowners. Start here and take steps to improve forest habitat for birds, other wildlife, recreation, and more.

Cooper's Hawk. Photo: Charles Sperrazza/Audubon Photography Awards

Our northeast forests are green, but they need sustainable stewardship to truly benefit birds, wildlife, and the people that depend on them. Changes in land use, coupled with the suppression of many natural disturbance events, have created forests that are relatively mature and similar in age. Creating and maintaining healthy, diverse forest habitat today calls for human intervention.

Proper forest management can improve habitat conditions for birds by restoring a more diversified balance among the forest's age classes while creating other desirable habitat characteristics. Healthy, actively managed forests help people too, by providing critical public health benefits in the form of climate mitigation and watershed protection. 

Click here for more information on northeastern forest health.

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.

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Managing Forests for Birds: a Forester's Guide
Forest Resources

Managing Forests for Birds: a Forester's Guide

This guide serves as a resource for foresters and other land managers to integrate habitat components into forest management planning.

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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!

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The Basics: Forest Management for Birds
Healthy Forests

The Basics: Forest Management for Birds

Did you know? Forest habitats support more bird species than other habitat types.

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Get Involved

Public Workshops and Programs

Attend free programs led by Audubon and partners to learn best management practices for birds.