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Forest Management and Ruffed Grouse Populations in a Minnesota Coniferous Forest

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Fluctuations of ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus (L)) populations resulted from forest management and changes in stand composition on two study areas, each about 259 hectares in size. An important factor influencing ruffed grouse populations is the presence or absence of aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.; P. grandidentata Michx.) in forest stands. Dense young aspen sapling and pole stands provide cover where grouse are relatively secure from predation, while the presence of mature aspen provides high-value winter food. Management that favors conifers reduces ruffed grouse habitat.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, Department of Forest Resources, College of Forestry, University of Minnesota

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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