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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.
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Document Type: Journal Article

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

Publication date: 01 September 1975

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