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)

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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 the Healthy Forest Resources. Land owners in or near Priority Forest Areas can fill out our Landowner Assistance Form, and we'll do our best to be in touch in 2-3 weeks.

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
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Hudson River Valley Conservation

Guidance for Management of Priority Birds in the Hudson River Valley

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News & Updates

How Wild Turkeys Made a 49 State Comeback
Healthy Forests

How Wild Turkeys Made a 49 State Comeback

Once, the Wild Turkey vanished from New York. Then it became a conservation success story.

How one of New York's largest landowners manages forests for birds
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How one of New York's largest landowners manages forests for birds

Birds that nest in young forest, like the Ruffed Grouse and White-throated Sparrow, now have a home at the Kunjamuk Young Forest Demonstration Project.

For This Upstate Maple Syrup Producer, Long-term Forest Health is the Goal
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For This Upstate Maple Syrup Producer, Long-term Forest Health is the Goal

Sean Carter and his partner Maria Paone operate the 103-acre “Sapwood Farm,” a participant in the Bird-friendly Maple program. They work with a forester who is an ecologist and bird expert.

For the love of grouse! Building quality habitat for a declining species.
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For the love of grouse! Building quality habitat for a declining species.

Forest landowners discover a nest and chicks after following bird habitat tips.

Audubon Forester Training and Endorsement Program
Forest Resources

Audubon Forester Training and Endorsement Program

Creating a national network of professional foresters working in partnership with Audubon to promote healthy forest ecosystems that provide high-quality habitat for priority bird species, at scale.

Audubon’s Delaware River Watershed Program Takes Flight with Key Conservation Funding
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Audubon’s Delaware River Watershed Program Takes Flight with Key Conservation Funding

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program supports bird conservation in three critical regions of the watershed.

Grassland Birds Prioritized in New Renewable Energy Proposal
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Grassland Birds Prioritized in New Renewable Energy Proposal

Read a statement from Audubon New York's Executive Director on draft rules for permitting new wind and solar projects.

Light Touch Forest Management Makes Large Impact for Birds
Working Lands

Light Touch Forest Management Makes Large Impact for Birds

These DIY projects are an easy way for New York landowners to try their hand at habitat management.

A Delicious Conservation Project for Birds
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A Delicious Conservation Project for Birds

The new Bird-Friendly Maple Project being piloted in New York will help birds and anyone who loves syrup on pancakes.