Locals who enjoy the area for running and walking the trails may have seen some of the changes to the landscape over the past year. By selectively cutting trees and re-introducing fire to this ecosystem, SVT is rejuvenating a habitat that supports the native diversity of this landscape.
Across the northeast region of the United States this natural community type has been languishing due to fire suppression, vegetative succession, invasive species, and land development. This habitat provides homes for several rare species and other species experiencing population declines. Of note at the Desert Natural Area are whip-poor-wills and wild lupine, which have been declining over the last 20 years.
The renewed restoration efforts will yield a greater diversity of wildlife, including new birds and butterflies. Visitors will be able to experience an enjoyable walk through a pleasingly diverse array of natural communities. The land management will also help to prevent wild fires that could impact substantial sections of forest and nearby homes.