Managing For Habitat Diversity

To maximize diversity, landowners can create and sustain specific habitats to favor particular plant and animal species. Over time, all uplands will become forest if left untouched. Here at the Sanctuary we manage some of our uplands to have meadow and sand barrens habitats. Mowing, prescribed fires, and removal of woody plants are some of the techniques used to maintain these habitats.

In the Glendening Nature Preserve we have developed a barrens management plan to protect the sand barrens or "microdesert" habitats for some bee and beetle species. Some rare plants that have been recorded at the Sanctuary also benefit from these open, sandy areas.

Our meadow habitats are also managed according to a meadow management plan.

Both plans are living documents subject to updating as we expand our knowledge about how best to manage these valuable habitats.