Forest Types and Species Lists

Forest Types and Species Lists

Dirt to Trees to Widlife includes 21 vegetation types, including three non-forest types—Speckled Alder, Palustrine (associated with wetlands) and Upland (associated with non-wetland soils). For ease of conversation, we refer to all 21 types as “forest types.”

Basic recommendations are included for each forest type to maximize diversity of breeding habitats appropriate for that forest type. To enhance select species, links to strategies for managing Species of Greatest Conservation Need are included.

The following links include the recommendations for each forest type and their associated species.


Northern Hardwoods

Southern Hardwoods




Speckled Alder