Farmers are generally thought of as people who love the land, love animals, enjoy hard work and raising crops and animals for food, and taking care of their land. While all of that is certainly true, farmers are also forestry managers. Farmers, especially those in areas where there are a lot of trees, are responsible for forestry management of any and all wooded areas on their land. Here is how farmers play an important role in this type of environmental conservation.

Farmers Keep a Watchful Eye on the Forested Areas

Farmers watch the forested areas of their land. They look for downed trees that need to be removed so that the trees will not cause forest fires or get stuck in the farming equipment. They also watch for sick or rabid animals that could prove to be dangerous to farm animals. This includes raccoons, snakes, bats, feral cats, and dogs, and deer that are acting in a bizarre fashion. If an animal seems or appears sick, the farmer shoots it and then calls wildlife control to examine and study the carcass.

Farmers Report Sightings of Large Predators

In Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, farmers have to watch out for large predators. Wolves have grown in numbers in recent years, which are deadly to both humans and livestock. Bears are more common now too. Cougars are prowling about in some areas. The Wildlife Fish and Game departments in these states rely on farmers to report sightings of these large predators so that the departments can keep track of what these predators are doing.

Farmers Report Infestations of Pests

Bug pests, particularly invasive species that cause a lot of destruction (e.g., the emerald ash borer, locusts, etc.), are also part of the farmers' many responsibilities to the land and the wildlife. Spotting these pests helps the state keep track of the pests' numbers and where they have been sighted. Then the pest problem can be addressed so that the farmers do not have to worry about the safety of their crops.

The forestry management departments of each state work hand in hand with farmers to protect farming life and to protect wildlife. Without the farmers, the departments would not know what is going on all over the state, and would not have accurate records of various plant diseases, pests, animals, animal diseases, and other forestry-related problems. It is a working relationship that works.

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