Having wildlife on your forestland isn't just a matter of chance.  Creatures large and small have specific food, cover, space, and water needs. If you manage your land with those needs in mind, you'll soon have a lively response.

Regardless of where you live or how much property you own, there are many things you can do to enhance wildlife habitat. This effort can span from putting up bird houses to restoring a native endangered ecosystem like an oak savannah. What you choose to do will depend on your property, your land management objectives, and your resources, including money and time.


Video and Other Resources 

Wildlife Basics [Video Presentation]
PDF Enhancing Habitat for Oregon's Wildlife


Woodland Fish and Wildlife

The following publications are available at Woodland Fish and Wildlife.

•    Managing Small Woodlands for Cavity-nesting Birds
•    Wildlife in Broadleaf Woodlands of Oregon and Washington
•    Habitat Management for Bats on Small Woodlands
•    Wildlife on White Oak Woodlands
•    Coastal Douglas-fir Forests and Wildlife
•    Managing Ponderosa Pine Woodlands for Fish and Wildlife
•    Managing Forest Habitats for Migrant Songbirds
•    Is there a place for Fish and Wildlife in your Woodland?
•    Wood Ducks on Small Woodlands
•    Trout in Small Woodland Areas
•    Riparian Areas: Fish and Wildlife Havens
•    Quail on Small Woodlands
•    Hawk, Eagle, and Osprey Management on Small Woodlands
•    Managing Small Woodland for Elk


OSU Extension Service Publications
Available from your local OSU Extension office, or online at Extension and Experiment Station Communications.

Managing Wildlife Values. Chapter 9 of Ecology and Management of Eastern Oregon Forests: A Comprehenesive Manual for Forest Managers. Emmingham et al. Manual 12. 2005.

Managing Wildlife Habitats in Forested Ecosystems. W.D. Edge. EC 1470. 1998. 

Enhancing Wildlife on Private Woodlands. D.S. deCalesta. EC 1122. 1997

Life on the Edge: Improving Riparian Function. D. Godwin. EM 8738. 1999.

Attract Reptiles and Amphibians to Your Yard. D. Cates, J. Olson, and N. Allen. EC 1542. 2002.

Reduce Deer Damage in your Yard. E. Henning, J. Kelly, K. Kyles, and N. Allen. EC 1557. 2002.

Controlling Moles. L. Kuhn and W.D. Edge. EC 987. 1993.

Build Nest Boxes for Wild Birds. D. Cates and N. Allen. EC 1556. 2003.

Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Available from your local OSU Extension office, or at Oregon Forest Resource Institute.

•    Guide to Oregon's Forest Wildlife
•    Identifying Priority Plants and Animals
•    Private landowners can help make the difference for coastal coho salmon
•    Wildlife and Ecosystem Dynamics
•    Wildlife in Managed Forests: Elk
•    Wildlife in Managed Forests: Spotted Owl
•    Wildlife in Managed Forests: Stream-associated Amphibians
•    Wildlife Poster


For More Information on this Topic....

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
The federal NRCS, as well as your local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), can help with conservation planning and practices, maintaining and improving the soil, water, and other natural resources that support productive and profitable agricultural and forestry operations.

To Contact NRCS: See the phone book's federal government pages for the office center in your area or visit Natural Resources Conservation Service online.

Soil and Water Conservation District

To find the SWCD in your area contact Oregon Association of Conservation Districts: 650 Hawthorne Ave., Suite 130, Salem, OR 97301; 503-566-9157.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has several regional offices throughout the state of Oregon. Their Conservation Strategy includes strategy habitat and species information. Individual wildlife or Conservation Strategy biologists can help you enhance your property for fish and wildlife.