Wildlife Habitat Management Wildlife species require suitable or healthy habitats to help maintain or increase population numbers. Habitats provide the food, cover, space, and water needs of different animals. Management of native vegetative species, from weeds to mature trees, will impact habitat quality to a much greater extent than will any foodplanting or supplemental efforts. Also, for many wildlife species, habitat management must be incorporated with proper protection and harvest management.

Understory Burning A form of prescribed burning, the understory burn is often is the most economical and beneficial tool used in wildlife management. In an understory burn, surface fuels consisting of downed woody debris, brush and small saplings are burned to reduce the threat of wildfire and maintain the canopy of larger trees.