Delineate approximately 11,500 acres as the BBMA.
Identify a ~1000-acre “core” area to provide permanent Open Barrens habitat. Maintain this open habitat using prescribed fire.
Identify four management zones that surround the permanently open core area and range in size from 2,468 to 2,937 acres. These four management zones provide Brush Prairie Barrens.
The management zones are assigned a 12 year harvest interval. Each zone is completely harvested via clearcutting over a period of 12 years. This harvest schedule ensures that Brush Prairie habitat (<12 years old) will be continually be adjacent to the Open Barrens core. During the harvest interval, whenever possible, all stands within each zone will be harvested and seeded or planted exclusively to jack pine.
From the time of harvest until the point when the jack pine regeneration is approximately 10 feet in height, stand characteristics will meet the criteria for Brush Prairie Barrens. Typically, suitable Brush Prairie habitat will exist for 10 to 15 years after harvest. The habitat created during this 10 to 15 year window will serve as temporary or “surrogate barrens”. All jack pine within the BBMA will be managed on a 48-year rotation to continually provide suitable Brush Prairie habitat.
Within each zone, roughly 200 acres will be designated as a Kirtland’s Warbler Habitat Area (KWHA). The areas will be planted or seeded at higher densities than normal (> 1,200 stems/acre) with unforested openings evenly distributed within each area totaling approximately 25% of the stand.