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Randomly placed rocks and fallen trees draw wildlife to new wetland areas

If you were to visit new wetlands along Vermont's Route 2, Route 7, and Barney Road (near Bennington), you might see a turtle sunning itself on one rock and a wood duck watching for predators from another rock. You might catch a glimpse of a hawk on a dead-tree "perch" or a rabbit or chickadee underneath a blown-down tree. A wide variety of animals are attracted to the wetlands because the Vermont Department of Transportation has made them look natural by randomly placing boulders, standing dead trees, and fallen trees in the area. The fallen trees are at least 16 inches wide and 16 feet long (grouse wont mate under smaller trees). Many of these trees were laid end to end and left with their root mass and crown attached, offering added habitat "structure" for animals seeking cover.
 
--Apr 25, 2003

John Lepore, (802) 828-3963 or john.lepore@state.vt.us

Fallen tree provides habitat structure
Photo by Chris Slesar, Vermont Agency of Transportation
Fallen tree provides habitat structure

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On Wetlands and Uplands - Vermont
Updated: 12/12/2012
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