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Shaping Stands to Enhance Habitat Diversity

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The shape of forest stands or openings is a facet of habitat diversity and can be silviculturally manipulated and related to use by wildlife. One index assesses stand shape by relating perimeter to area. A means to determine useful values of the index considers distance to the edge from points within the stand. The shape of existing or proposed stands can be assessed for adequacy of meeting particular wildlife management goals.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Wildlife Department, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California 95521

Publication date: August 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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