Habitat Management at Atterbury-Muscatatuck
Consistent with the military mission at Atterbury-Muscatatuck and sound ecosystem management principles, the terrestrial community management goal is to manage and maintain diverse natural terrestrial communities. In addition to supporting the military mission, these communities will promote native flora and fauna and provide recreational opportunities.
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Edge occurs where two different plant communities or successional stages within plant communities meet. In these transitional zones, species common to either of the major plant communitiies may be found, as well as other species that are a product of the ecotone itself. Wildlife richness in edges is tpically higher than the surrounding areas, probably as a result of the increased plant and habitat diversity. The richness of edge habitat for wildlife, though, is determined partially by the degree of contrast between communities forming the edge as well as by ecotone discreteness. The greater the contrast and broader the transition area, the more likely the edge habitat will have higher structural and plant species diversity and therefore provide habitat for a wider variety of wildlife species. Many bird species are attracted to edge habitat because of the greater structural diversity found there, while the preference of some large game have for edge habitat may be due to the close association of cover and foraging areas.
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Prescribed fires, also known as controlled burns, are a vital tool in managing and maintaining healthy ecosystems. These fires are carefully planned and executed under controlled conditions by trained professionals. Prescribed fires can help to reduce the risk of destructive wildfires by removing built-up fuel sources such as dead leaves, branches, and other debris. In addition to mitigating the risk of wildfires, prescribed fires also help to promote the growth of native plant species and improve the overall health of forests and grasslands. By reducing the amount of dense vegetation and dead plant material, prescribed fires can increase the availability of nutrients and sunlight to support new growth. Furthermore, these fires can create habitat for a variety of wildlife species, including those that rely on open areas and young growth for food and shelter. Overall, prescribed fires are an important tool in maintaining healthy ecosystems and reducing the risk of destructive wildfires.