Red Squirrel Cover Requirements in Arizona Mixed Conifer Forests

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Seven species of coniferous trees provide red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) nesting cover as well as shade for cones stored in a food cache. The best habitat consists of multi-storied stands of mixed conifers with trees from 12 to 14 inches d.b.h. in dense groups of one-tenth acre or less. At least one tree in the group is 18 inches in d.b.h. and is generally a Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). Centered within the group is a live tree, snag, or downed log (20 inches or more in d.b.h.) which is the nucleus of the food cache.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Wildlife Biologist with the USDA Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station

Publication date: January 1, 1983

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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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