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Wood Rats and Northern Spotted Owls in the Coastal Redwoods

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Foresters often face the challenge of maintaining a flow of timber while managing for nontimber resources. In coastal redwood forests the need to protect dusky-footed wood rats--a potential prey for the spotted owl--while minimizing the damage caused by their feeding has created contradictory wildlife management objectives. Based on prior experience and preliminary field reconnaissance, however, it appears that stand prescriptions can be manipulated to control wood rat abundance and feeding behavior.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Adviser, University of California Cooperative Extension, Agriculture Center and Courthouse, 579 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Publication date: March 1, 1999

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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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