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Effects of Prescribed Burning on Small Mammal Populations in a Mixed-Oak Clearcut

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To reduce the persisting shrub-herb community and make planting easier, prescribed burning was tried on a nonregenerating mixed-oak clearcut in north-central Pennsylvania. Burning caused an apparent reduction in the numbers of herbivorous small mammals for nearly two growing seasons. The insectivorous deer mice (Peromyscus spp.) readily became established on the burn within one month after the fire. Fire, as a means of preparing the site, may have the additional benefit of reducing the populations of herbivorous small mammals.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Graduate Assistant, School of Forest Resources, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Publication date: September 1, 1975

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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