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If you are looking for information on how forests grow and change and how to manage for wildlife, then you have come to the right place. The publications below include some basic information on the ecology of the forests of Wisconsin and the wildlife that inhabit them.

Soils

Threatened and Endangered Species

Succession and Tolerance

Wetlands, Water and Shorelands

Fire and Firewise

 

 

Wildlife

A Landowners Guide to Woodland Wildlife Management
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension, 2001
Publication number: G3578
Keywords: wildlife habitat, ruffed grouse, management planning, silviculture

An Introduction to Wildlife Damage Management
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3997-002
Keywords: wildlife habitat, wildlife damage

Bats: Information for Wisconsin Homeowners
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3096
Keywords: wildlife habitat, bat

Bear Damage and Abatement in Wisconsin

Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3300
Keywords: wildlife habitat, bear

Beaver Damage Control
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2005
Publication number: WM-007
Keywords: beaver, wildlife damage

Bird Feeding: Tips for Beginners and Veterans
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3176
Keywords: wildlife habitat, bird

Building a Bat House
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Keywords: bats, wildlife, houses, habitat

Calling All Wildlife
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-216
Keywords: wildlife habitat, habitat, management planning

Controlling Deer Damage in Wisconsin
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3083
Keywords: wildlife habitat, deer

Critter Condos
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-222
Keywords: wildlife habitat, tree, silviculture

Ecology of the Ruffed Grouse
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3252
Keywords: wildlife habitat, ruffed grouse, population, management, food, cover

Getting the Help You Need
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-219
Keywords: wildlife habitat, assistance, management planning, dollars, funding, organizations, maps, plants, nurseries, native

Gimme Shelter
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-227
Keywords: wildlife habitat, shelterbelts, feeding, cover, food plots

Grassland Birds: Fostering Habitats Using Rotational Grazing
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3715
Keywords: wildlife habitat, prairies, hay fields, pastures, benefits

Ground Squirrels: Their Ecology and Control
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3238
Keywords: wildlife habitat, damage

Home on the Range
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-228
Keywords: wildlife habitat, grasslands, prairie, maintaining, establishing, seeding, seeds

How to Build a Plastic Mesh Deer Exclusion Fence
Produced by: Purdue University
Publication number: FNR-486
Keywords: fencing, deer, exclusion, seedlings

How to Hire a Contractor for Land Management Activities
Produced by: UW-Extension and the Aldo Leopold Foundation, 2009
Publication number: Forestry Fact 105
Keywords: contractor, forester, logger, forest management, wildlife management, vegetation management, online resources, estate planning, consultant

How to Inventory and Monitor Wildlife on Your Land
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-294
Keywords: inventory, monitor, wildlife

Just Add Water
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-229
Keywords: wildlife habitat, wetlands, restoration, methods

Landscape Plants that Attract Birds
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G1609
Keywords: wildlife habitat, planting, bird, nest, shelter, food

Managing Woodlands for Wisconsin’s Coastal Trout Streams
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2007
Publication number: FR-386
Keywords: trout streams, riparian areas, water quality, forest operations, BMP

Managing Your Land for Wild Turkeys

Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 1999
Publication number: WM-267
Keywords: wild turkey, habitat magagement

Meadow Mouse Control
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: A2148
Keywords: wildlife habitat, meadow mouse, tree damage, rodent

Mole Control
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3200
Keywords: wildlife habitat, mole, damage

On Edge
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-226
Keywords: wildlife habitat, edge, openings, trails

Putting Pen to Paper
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-217
Keywords: wildlife habitat, habitat, management planning, inventory

Rabbit Ecology and Damage Management
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3997-004
Keywords: wildlife habitat, rabbit damage

Rabbitat
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-221
Keywords: wildlife habitat, rabbit, brush piles, red fox, salamanders

Raccoon
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3304
Keywords: wildlife habitat, raccoon, identification, tracks, control

Raccoon Ecology and Damage Management
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3997-005
Keywords: wildlife habitat, raccoon damage

Shelves, Houses and Feeders for Birds and Mammals
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: NCR338
Keywords: wildlife, habitat, bird houses, bird feeders, birds

Skunks: How to Deal with Them
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3273
Keywords: wildlife habitat, skunk, biology, control

Snakes of Wisconsin
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3139
Keywords: wildlife habitat, snakes, identification, biology

So What Should I Plant?
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-223
Keywords: wildlife habitat, planting, management planning, fruit, nuts

Threatened and Endangered Species in Forests of Wisconsin
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: FR-174
Keywords: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, insects, mussels, snails

To Cut Or Not To Cut?
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-224
Keywords: wildlife habitat, timber harvesting, silviculture

Tree Squirrels in Wisconsin: Benefits and Problems
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3522
Keywords: wildlife habitat, squirrel, identification, biology, control

Wealth of the Waterways
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM- 225
Keywords: wildlife habitat, water quality, riparian areas, habitat, shoreland

Wildlife Damage Management: Laws and Regulations
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3997-001
Keywords: wildlife habitat, wildlife damage, laws

Wisconsin Wildlife Primer
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-220
Keywords: wildlife habitat, management planning, introduction, history, ecology

Woodchuck Ecology and Damage Management
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3997-007
Keywords: wildlife habitat, woodchuck damage

Woodchucks: Their Ecology and Control
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3505
Keywords: wildlife habitat, woodchuck, identification, biology, control

Woodpecker Ecology and Damage Management
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3997-008
Keywords: wildlife habitat, woodpecker damage

Woody Cover for Wildlife
Produced by: WI Dept of Natural Resources, 2012
Publication number: FR-066
Keywords: wildlife habitat, tree planting, site preparation

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Soils

Forest Soils of Wisconsin: An Overview
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3452
Keywords: silviculture, soil, productivity, growth, yield

Maintaining Soil Quality in Woodlands: A Lake States Field Guide
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2008
Publication number: FR-409
Keywords: soil, compaction, rutting, erosion, forest operations

For interactive soils maps, visit the Natural Resources Conservation Service soils website

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Threatened and Endangered Species

Threatened and Endangered Species in Forests of Wisconsin
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: FR-174
Keywords: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, insects, mussels, snails

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Succession and Tolerance

Forest Succession
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1996
Publication number: Forestry Fact 78
Keywords: old growth, succession, forest management, change, communities, associations

How Forest Trees Grow
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3277
Keywords: forest management, tree, growth, height, diameter, roots, branches, reproduction, flowering, seed production

Tolerance of Tree Species
Produced by: UW-Madison Department of Forest Ecology and Management, 1996
Publication number: Forestry Fact 79
Keywords: definition, tolerance, silviculture, planting

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Wetlands, Water and Shorelands

A Landowner's Guide to Building Forest Access Roads
Produced by: USDA Forest Service, 1998
Publication number: NA-TP-06-98
Keywords: planning, location, road access, stream crossings, culverts, construction, drainage, water bars, soil erosion

BMP Field Guide (Best Management Practices for Water Quality)
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2010
Publication number: FR-093
Keywords: Best Management Practices, water quality, roads, logging, culverts, timber harvest, permits, riparian areas

Forest Roads and Wetlands: Evaluating your Options
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2003
Publication number: FR-408
Keywords: water quality, forest operations, BMP, road access, stream crossings, culverts, construction, drainage, water bars, soil erosion

Just Add Water
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-229
Keywords: wildlife habitat, wetlands, restoration, methods

Managing Wisconsin Fish Ponds
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension
Publication number: G3693
Keywords: wildlife habitat, fish, pond, water quality

Managing Wisconsin’s Forested Shorelands
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: FR-197
Keywords: shoreline, forest, permits

Managing Woodlands for Wisconsin’s Coastal Trout Streams
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2007
Publication number: FR-386
Keywords: trout streams, riparian areas, water quality, forest operations, BMP

Temporary Stream Crossings for Forestry: A Directory of Available Structures
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2007
Publication number: FR-378
Keywords: stream crossing, BMP, forest operations, permit, waterways

Wealth of the Waterways
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: WM-225
Keywords: wildlife habitat, water quality, riparian areas, habitat, shoreland

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Fire and Firewise

10 Ways to Protect Your Woodland Property
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources, 2005
Publication number: FR-313 2005
Keywords: fire, trespass, boundaries, safety, wildlife damage, timber harvests, invasives, water quality, soil, forest health, scenic beauty

A Homeowners Guide To Wildfire Retrofit
Produced by: Institute for Business and Home Safety
Publication number: IBHS-1
Keywords: wildland/urban interface, fire department, risk, defensible space, maintenance, building materials, checklist

Firewise Around Your Home
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: FR-297
Keywords: access, fire resistance, defensible space, landscaping, construction

Firewise Landscaping - A Guide to Protecting Your Home from Wildfire
Produced by: UWEX Cooperative Extension, 2008
Publication number: GWQ049
Keywords: access, fire resistance, defensible space, landscaping, construction, maintenance, plants

Firewise Landscaping Checklist
Produced by: Firewise
Publication number: FW-1
Keywords: access, fire resistance, defensible space, landscaping, construction, maintenance

Protect Your Waterfront Home from Wildland Fire
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: FR-419
Keywords: shoreland buffer, fire

Spreading Like Wildfire
Produced by: WI Department of Natural Resources
Publication number: FR-309
Keywords: open burning, fire, Firewise