The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) draft forest management prescriptions for four state wildlife management areas (WMAs) are now available for review.
The prescriptions include areas on Hutchinson Creek, Sandy Hollow, Sicily Island Hills and Tunica Hills WMAs. The documents detail proposed methods to improve, maintain and sustain wildlife habitat while providing quality wildlife-oriented recreational improvements and sustaining quality timber resources for the long-term.
Prescription documents are available at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma-forest-management-prescriptions.
Each document includes a description of the area to be addressed within each WMA, the current condition of each forest type found within the compartment, the soil types and hydrology of the area and current wildlife habitat conditions. Plans also include management objectives, management concerns and how areas of concern will be addressed to enhance or sustain the wildlife habitat. Timber harvest is often the most feasible means to manipulate forest habitat for the management of wildlife, while obtaining short and long-term benefits.