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Title: Working Paper 23: Guidelines for Managing Small Mammals in Restored Ponderosa Pine Forests of Northern Arizona

Author: * Kalies, E.L., Chambers, C.L.

Subject: Mammals, Wildlife, Ecological Restoration, Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), Prescribed burns, Tree thinning

Abstract: Restoration thinning and burning treatments in southwestern ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) forests are designed to both reduce the risk of wildfire and restore ecosystem functions and structure, including maintaining or reestablishing habitat for wildlife populations. However, we found limited quantitative data regarding wildlife responses to restoration treatments and changes in forest structure because most previous studies were conducted at small temporal and spatial scales, and they generally focused on bird species (Kalies et al. 2010). In addition, although habitat components, such as Gambel oak (Quercus gambelii), large-diameter trees, snags and downwood, are thought to be important to wildlife, there is debate about treatment targets on the landscape (Abella et al. 2006, Noss et al. 2006). In this ERI working paper, we present the results of a study that assessed small mammal responses totreatments--responses previously unexamined at thecommunity level or at large temporal and spatial scales in southwestern ponderosa pine forests.

Date: 2010

Type: Working Papers

Source: ERI Working Papers

Identifier: 12p.

Publisher: NAU Ecological Restoration Institute

Format: PDF

Language: English