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Assessing Forest Wildlife Diversity in Pennsylvania

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Forest managers require tools to rapidly assess the effects of management activities on wildlife habitat. Most wildlife habitat evaluations can be costly and time consuming, resulting in few practical assessments for nonindustrial private forest landowners. Using vegetation type, its structure, and the resulting wildlife habitat as indicators of wildlife diversity, this article presents the beginnings of a practical assessment. We have developed a habitat-based procedure for deriving species richness of wildlife communities, at the stand level, by associating identified structural habitat characteristics with groups of wildlife species. Two formats are available: a manual format using a matrix and functional (species) groups that are eliminated if their required structural features are not found in the stand, and a computer format that eliminates individual, not grouped, species. Both formats provide a list of potential species and can be used to predict species changes based on proposed activities. This provides a manager the opportunity to determine if uncommon or critical habitat features will be eliminated before conducting a proposed management activity. North. J. Appl. For. 15(2):77-85.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: The Pennsylvania State University, 7 Ferguson Bldg., University Park, PA 16802, 814-863-0401;, Fax: 814-865-6275

Publication date: June 1, 1998

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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