Addressing the Wildlife Housing Crisis

Addressing the Wildlife Housing Crisis

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Many of our unique native fauna species are dependent upon the niche habitat provided by the features only present in old trees. They cannot complete their lifecycles without them. It can take upwards of 120 years to form a habitable hollow.

Yet we are removing these trees from our managed landscapes before, or just as they become most useful to wildlife. There are few hollow bearing trees left and fewer still approaching an age where they will be able to form a hollow.

The continued loss of hollow bearing trees and the current population gap poses a housing shortfall for our wildlife.

I will discuss some ways in which we can address this housing crisis through innovative tree management.