Category: Ecological Research
Title: Fact Sheet: Stand Structure and Breeding Birds: Implications for Restoring Ponderosa Pine Forests.
Author: * Kalies, E.L.
Subject: Breeding Birds, Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa)
Abstract: Fire-adapted forests in the western United States have dramatically departed from historical reference condi-tions over the past century due to fire suppression, logging, grazing and other management practices. As a result, they are now susceptible to stand-replacing crown fires and ensuing damage to watersheds, wildlife habitat, and communities. Restoration treatments using mechanical thinning and prescribed fire have become the dominant management paradigm in this forest type. While many studies have examined wildlife respons-es to restoration treatments, single-species information is difficult for managers to synthesize and incorporate into management decisions made at large scales. Our specific objectives in this study were to determine asso-ciations between forest structural attributes and occupancy rates of (1) individual bird species and (2) bird species richness (total number of species) in ponderosa pine forests, in order to help guide restoration treat-ment design.
Type: Fact Sheet
Source: Ecological Restoration Institute Fact Sheet
Publisher: Ecological Research Institute