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Forest Management and the Dead Wood Resource in Ponderosa Pine Forests: Effects on Small Mammals

Chambers, Carol L. (2002) Forest Management and the Dead Wood Resource in Ponderosa Pine Forests: Effects on Small Mammals. Technical Report. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station.

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Changes in vegetation structure and composition affect habitat for wildlife. Species such as small mammals that are restricted to small home ranges and are relatively immobile may be most affected since it is more difficult to find and move to new habitat. In the southwestern United States, forest management treatments (thinning and prescribed burning) are being implemented to alter structure and function of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) ecosystems and recreate pre-settlement (ca. 1870) tree species composition and size class distribution. These forest restoration treatments will affect the availability of dead wood to wildlife (e.g., prescribed fires may consume dead wood, forest operations may create snags and logs). I livetrapped small mammals in a northern Arizona ponderosa pine forest prior to restoration treatment and found that mouse species (Peromyscus species) were associated with some dead wood elements (e.g., Gambel oak [Quercus gambelii] snags, ponderosa pine snags, ponderosa pine stumps).

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
ID number or DOI: Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-181:679-693
Keywords: ERI Library, report, Mammals, Understory, Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa)
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: Research Centers > Ecological Restoration Institute
College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Science > School of Forestry
Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 21:21
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2529

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