Habitat Stewardship Brochures



  • Wetlands with lily pads

Learn About Your Land

A series of 12 brochures are available from UNH Cooperative Extension to help landowners learn about and help conserve important wildlife habitats found on their land.

What is Habitat? Habitat is simply the place where an animal lives. The needs of individual species vary, but habitats of all species provide the basics: food, water, cover and space. Depending on how you count, New Hampshire is home to around 500 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians — not to mention 11,000 known species of beetles, bugs and other insects. Farms, forests, wetlands and other types of landscapes contribute to the basic needs of New Hampshire's wildlife. The 2015 New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan identified 27 different wildlife habitats of conservation concern.

Request a free set of Habitat Stewardship Brochures from the UNH Forestry Information Center at 1-800-444-8978, or by email (forest.info@unh.edu).

In wildlife conservation, connections matter. New Hampshire is home to a rich diversity of wildlife including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, be... Learn More
Marsh and shrub wetlands include a variety of wetland types, each with different vegetation, but with one thing in common: the soils in them are wet m... Learn More
Vernal pools are wetlands with a seasonal cycle of flooding and drying. Some vernal pools flood in the spring with water from melting snow, rain or hi... Learn More
Grassland habitats are an increasingly rare site in New Hampshire. More than 70 species of wildlife use these open areas of fields and wildflowers to ... Learn More
Over the years, New Hampshire’s floodplain forests have been cleared for development due to their proximity to river systems, and plowed under for agr... Learn More
Peatlands are wetland ecosystems that contain peat, a spongy, organic material formed by partially decayed wetland plants. Typically found in cool cli... Learn More
Shrubland habitats contain thickets of shrubs and young trees mixed with scattered grasses and wildflowers. Large shrublands--those greater than 5 acr... Learn More
New Hampshire’s lowland spruce-fir forests usually occur at elevations between 1,000 and 2,500 feet on poor soils such as wet flatlands, cool river va... Learn More
Appalachian oak-pine forests occur in southern and central New Hampshire below 900 feet of elevation, or on dry, rocky ridges at higher elevations. He... Learn More
The shorelines of lakes, ponds, and rivers are valuable real estate in New Hampshire, but their importance as wildlife habitat is also significant. Th... Learn More
Hemlock-hardwood-pine forest is the most wide-spread habitat in New Hampshire. considered the transitional forest habitat between lower elevations of ... Learn More
Headwater streams are small streams and wetlands at the highest end of a watershed. Some are so small that they don’t show up on maps. If a river netw... Learn More
Thousands of acres of northern hardwood-conifer forests grow on well-drained, fertile slopes of hillsides in New Hampshire, typically between 1,500 an... Learn More

If you like these brochures, be sure to check out our Focus on Wildlife brochures