Habitat Management for Wildlife

Shrubland habitat for wildlifeConnecticut's wildlife resources are managed to maintain stable, healthy populations of wildlife, including endangered and threatened species, in numbers compatible with both habitat carrying capacity and existing land use practices. To support a diversity of wildlife, habitats are managed on state forests and wildlife management areas. Educational programs and technical assistance are provided to enhance privately-owned habitats and promote an appreciation for the value of Connecticut's wildlife. Hunting seasons and bag limits are regulated for harvestable wildlife species. Public hunting opportunities are managed on state-owned, state-leased, and permit-required areas. And, with volunteer assistance, conservation education and safety programs are provided to promote safe and ethical hunting practices. 

Habitat Management at Wildlife Management Areas and State Forests

Updates on on-going projects to create and enhance habitat for wildlife. 

Connecticut's Young Forest Habitat Initiative

The Wildlife Division, in cooperation with other partners, has initiated the Young Forest Habitat Initiative to help restore important habitats. Projects associated with this initiative include: 1) New England Cottontail Restoration; 2) Shrubland Bird Monitoring; and 3) American Woodcock Habitat Use and Survival.

Wildlife Habitat Management on Private Land

For private landowners interested in implementing habitat management projects to create or sustain young forest or shrubland habitat for wildlife, technical and financial assistance may be available to those wishing to conduct practices outlined in the USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP).

Controlling Invasive Phragmites in Connecticut's Wetlands

This fact sheet provides information on how invasive Phragmites australis is controlled in freshwater and saltwater marshes.

Connecticut's Wildlife Action Plan

The DEEP Wildlife Division is currently in the process of updating the CT Wildlife Action Plan for 2025-2035. The final version of the 2015 Connecticut Wildlife Action Plan was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in January 2016. This plan establishes both a state and national framework for proactively conserving our fish and wildlife, including their habitats, for the next 10 years.

Federal Funding for Fish and Wildlife

The Fisheries and Wildlife Divisions of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection receive the majority of their funding through federal grants. Two grant programs, the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration and the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration, have been particularly important. These programs were initiated by sportsmen and conservationists to provide states with funding for fish and wildlife management and research, habitat acquisition, and sportsmen education programs.

Related Resources

Managing Forests for Trees and Birds in Connecticut ( A publication by Audubon Connecticut)

Managing Grasslands, Shrublands, and Young Forest Habitats for Wildlife: A Guide for the Northeast

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Content last updated on February 24, 2024.