New England Cottontail (NEC) is known to occur at the McAvoy Living Trust parcel in Scotland, CT. In an effort to increase the NEC population, a collaboration of partners (the CT Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW), the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the land owner) has prepared the following habitat restoration plan for the creation and maintenance of early successional habitat on this parcel.
This restoration plan suggests the recommended habitat treatments for the creation and/or maintenance of early successional habitat for a variety of species including, but not limited to the NEC, whitetail deer, turkey, warblers, black racers, and woodcock. The restoration plan offers a diversity of habitats, from wildlife openings, upland shrub thickets, mature forest stands, shrub wetlands, and agricultural fields on the property. Specific treatment practices, shrub species, size/areas of treatments, timeframe, permitting, and available funding resources will be identified under a separate cover.