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Wildlife Habitat Planting

Forest Wildlife

Iowa's forests provide exceptional habitat for a wide range of wildlife species including deer, turkey, bobcats, quail, pheasants, raccoons, possums, herons, migrant neo-tropical songbirds (Baltimore orioles, dickcissels, viroes, warblers, and hawks, to name just a few), grouse rattlesnakes, and innumerable other species. Creation of new forest habitat is critically important to Iowa's wildlife population. However, many private landowners fail to realize that with management they could improve their existing forest habitat. Check out the sites below for information on how you can create and/or manage forest wildlife habitat. For on-site assistance contact your District Forester or visit the DNR wildlife page with more information.
To facilitate the development of wildlife habitat the Iowa State Forest Nursery has developed pre-packaged packets of trees designed to attract specific wildlife species. For planting design tips click on the appropriate packet listed below.
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Wild turkey habitat project completed on Stephens State Forest 
funds provided by the Iowa Turkey Federation.
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Jeff Goerndt surveying the work done to improve
turkey habitat on the Stephens State Forest.