A Landowner’s Guide to New England Cottontail Habitat Management

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This 40-page document highlights New England’s only native cottontail rabbit species that is in peril. Over the past few decades, the New England cottontail has seen significant declines throughout its range, and the ongoing trend of habitat loss will further threaten the species in coming years.

Fortunately, private landowners are in a position to make a significant contribution to the restoration of the species.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Biological Information
  • Habitat Requirements
  • Factors Contributing to Species Decline
  • Distribution
  • Managing Habitat for New England Cottontail
  • Creating Young Forest Habitat
  • Developing a Management Plan for Your Land
  • Appendix A: Resources & Assistance
  • Appendix B: Tools and Techniques for Habitat Management
  • Appendix C: Planting Shrublands
  • Appendix D: Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New England that Require Young Forest and Shrubland Habitats
  • Appendix E: The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Candidate Conservation Program
  • References

post photo: New England cottontail., credit: Anne Schnell, USFWS


Haley Andreozzi
Wildlife Conservation State Specialist
Assoc State Specialist
Phone: (603) 609-0927
Office: Cooperative Extension, Nesmith Hall, Durham, NH 03824