Accession Number:

ADA171203

Title:

Environmental Impact Research Program. Brush Piles. Section 5.3.1, US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB

Report Date:

1986-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

A management techniques report on brush piles is provided as Section 5.3.1 of the US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual. The report was prepared as a guide to assist Corps biologists and resource managers in developing habitat management programs for project lands. Topics covered for brush structures include wildlife value, cautions and limitations. The provision of adequate resting and escape cover is critical to proper management of ground-nesting birds, rabbits, and other small game. Although living brush is preferred in most situations, artificial structures can be built to provide immediate shelter where natural cover is limited. Guidelines are presented for the design, construction, maintenance, and proper placement of brush piles for a variety of wildlife species. Management for the northern bobwhite Colinus virginianus and cottontail rabbits Sylvilagus spp. is emphasized. Brush piles are recommended for use in conjunction with other habitat management practices designed to improve food, cover, and water.

Subject Categories:

  • Biology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE