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Discriminant Function Analysis: A Possible Aid in Determining the Impact of Forest Management on Woodpecker Nesting Habitat

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Measurements of basal area, density of stems, and canopy height were made on a total of 53 nest sites of downy (Dendrocopos pubescens), hairy (D. villosus), and pileated (Dryocopus pileatus) woodpeckers, and the common flicker (Colaptes auratus). Two-group discriminant function analyses were calculated for each species using measurements of plots located randomly in a spectrum of selected habitat types in the study area. The analyses are discussed as possible aids in land management decisions and in management of endangered species. Forest Sci. 22:122-127.

Keywords: Multivariate; decision making; endangered wildlife

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor of Zoology, Department of Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Publication date: 1976-06-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Also published by SAF:
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