Early successional forest habitat can take many forms, from grasses mixed with low shrubs to young aspen stands. Early successional forest habitat (ESH) can arise naturally as a step within the natural successional from open space to woods but can also be created and maintained through land management techniques.
Due to the decline in the amount of ESH in the Northeast and its importance for certain wildlife species, such as Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock, and Golden-winged Warbler, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Cornell University have teamed up to conduct a collaborative study of ESH on private lands in New York State and learn how to better support landowner decision-making related to this type of habitat.
This website features information about ESH, the study, and insights from the study as it is conducted. Additionally, the site offers further resources and links to learn more.