We affectionately call them “Nature Nooks”, but the official name is “Habitat Retention Areas” or HRAs. Simply put, they are groups of trees left unharvested inside a logging unit. The purpose is to leave mature tree thickets that provide hiding places for wildlife and habitat for cavity dwellers like woodpeckers.
When logging has just been completed there isn’t much cover and wildlife will utilize them for a cool place to hang out.
Often other individual wildlife trees, like these mature oaks, are left to provide perch trees and additional acorn production to feed wildlife.
We also retain snags for perchs that raptors use while hunting. Sometimes they already have woodpecker holes like this one.
I was certain Nature Nooks were a subject that Blitz could get excited about!