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Designing Spotted Owl Habitat in a Managed Forest

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The perception that old-growth alone provides habitat for the northern spotted owl both contributed to its listing as a threatened species and may have hampered recovery efforts by targeting management solutions at old-growth forests. New information suggests that young forests can contribute to conservation efforts for the species. Observations of daytime roost sites in young forests, selectively harvested stands, and precommercially thinned stands suggest that the structural diversity spotted owls need may be provided by design in western Washington's western hemlock-Douglas-fir managed forests. Adaptive management will verify the effectiveness of designs and management options in spotted owl habitat.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Consulting Wildlife Biologist, Raedeke Associates, Inc., Seattle

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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