Cutting down trees in part of North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest aims to encourage wildlife diversity

PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST, North Carolina , December 26, 2011 () – It may seem counterintuitive, but cutting down some trees at a national forest in North Carolina might actually be good for wildlife.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/uKokFf ) that a new project is under way in an area of Pisgah National Forest known as Catpen that's aimed at encouraging wildlife diversity.

Some trees are being removed to promote new, brushy growth full of berries and other food sources for animals.

Many national forests haven't been logged in decades, meaning trees tend to be around the same age, creating a habitat that isn't good for some animals.

The state Wildlife Resources Commission hopes the efforts will help the growth of deer, turkey and bear populations as well as songbirds like the golden-winged warbler.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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