Will Management of Vulnerable Species Protect Biodiversity?

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Abstract:

Selection of management indicator species has been used to ensure that the biodiversity of forest ecosystems is protected. Such species could be selected by their degree of imperilment. A coarse-scale review investigates whether this system finds species that are strongly associated in Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Inland vertebrates were selected based on global or national imperilment rankings and endangered species candidate lists. Their ranges were coarsely mapped and habitat associations determined. Among the findings: vulnerability criteria designate primarily fish species that are not associated with upland ponderosa pine forests, and fail to target any terrestrial vertebrate species strongly associated with this declining community.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812

Publication date: July 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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