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The Edge of the Cut: Implications for Wildlife Populations

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Forest edges created by management practices are the stage for complex ecological interactions. Traditionally, foresters and wildlife managers have viewed the creation of forest edges as a win-win situation because certain favored species -- namely game -- benefited. But recent reevaluations of edge effects have resulted in a different conclusion: that when viewed as landscape features, forest edges also threaten biological diversity.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, School of Forestry and Wood Products, Michigan Technological University, Houghton

Publication date: August 1, 1998

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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