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Wildlife in Cottonwood Plantations

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Wildlife populations, movements, and habitat were studied in cottonwood plantations of the lower Mississippi River batture. Summer growth produced understory vegetation biomass exceeding 1,200 kg/ha. The plantations provided excellent habitat for white-tailed deer and rabbits throughout the year. Their greatest value for wild turkey and quail was as nesting and brood habitat in the spring. The plantations provided additional niches for nongame birds and mammals, increasing the local species diversity. Relative size, shape, and management regime largely determine the effect of cottonwood plantations as habitat in the total forest community.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University

Publication date: 01 February 1981

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