Woodland Handbook

Division of Forestry


Spotlight: Mature Hardwood Forests

a view of a mature hardwood forestMature hardwood forest provide important habitat for many wildlife species in your region, especially for birds such as red-shouldered hawks and multiple species of warblers and wrens. Least weasel, tree frogs, spring peepers, wood frogs, and garter snakes all also depend on mature hardwood forests. This habitat has declined by over 60 percent in the last 100 years as a result of conversion to agriculture. Today it is under additional pressure from land use conversion, fragmentation, and residential development. Consider your role in maintaining this habitat on the landscape through carefully managing your land to support these resident and migratory species that rely on mature hardwood forests.