Forestry Friday … The Nature Nook!

Forestry, wildlife, logging

A Habitat Retention Area.

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.

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This little buck enjoys the cover of a HRA.

When logging has just been completed there isn’t much cover and wildlife will utilize them for a cool place to hang out.

habitat retention area, forestryThe openings created by logging attract animals like deer, turkeys, quail and rodents.

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This tom turkey feeds on grass seeds.

Often other individual wildlife trees, like these mature oaks, are left to provide perch trees and additional acorn production to feed wildlife.

wildlife trees, mast, acorns, forestry

Wildlife Trees

We also retain snags for perchs that raptors use while hunting.  Sometimes they already have woodpecker holes like this one.

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A hawk perch and a woodpecker house. I call that a twofer!

I was certain Nature Nooks were a subject that Blitz could get excited about!

Blitz, golden retriever, dog

“Hey lazy dog, you’re sleeping on my sketchbook!”

26 thoughts on “Forestry Friday … The Nature Nook!

  1. Tim,
    Forestry Friday is a wonderful addition to your blog. It nourishes the mind, the heart, and the eye. Thank you for taking the time to put these mini lessons together each week. I look forward to Fridays more than ever.


  2. Great post! Glad to see some mitigation techniques of foresters. I can guess that at times your industry gets bashed for cutting trees down. I’m on the planting end, so I don’t get much flack. 🙂 it looks like it was a hard day for Blitz! I wish I could nap on the ride home from work!


    • We do get our share of criticism, but most folks like what we do if we take the time to show them and explain the process. I spent many years on the planting end also, and it was very gratifying work. Don’t let Blitz fool you she can nap at the drop of a hat!


  3. Love this. The beauty you’re able to capture in these small stands of forest and the knowledge you’ve relayed that these cuts actually encourage wildlife are both encouraging. Thanks.


    • Counter to what many folks think, creating these openings provide habitat for a greater diversity of wildlife. When they are new the deer and turkeys like them. In 10 years they are full of saplings and the song birds like to nest in them. Each year as they change they favor different species of wildlife.


  4. Blitz is the star of this show, no doubt about it – got to love the comfortable environment (blanket too) he finds himself in. Enjoyed this post, was interesting about this aspect of logging.


  5. Hi Tim, You explain forest practices very well. We call them wildlife patches here and I agree, the cutovers do greatly increase wildlife diversity. Here we get moose and deer in much greater numbers and when the young trees start growing, one of the seasonally wildlife species is human berrypickers. (I’m must admit that I’m a member of that species).


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