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Small Mammal Distributions Relative to Corridor Edges Within Intensively Managed Southern Pine Plantations

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We characterized small mammal communities in three loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) stands in the Lower Coastal Plain of South Carolina during June 1998–Aug. 2000 to investigate influence of corridor edges on small mammal distribution. We live-trapped small mammals in three regenerating stands following clearcutting. Harvested stands were bisected by 100-m-wide, 20–23-year-old pine corridors. During 47,040 trap nights, we recorded 907 captures of 661 individual small mammals. Species captured included southern short-tailed shrews (Blarina carolinensis), cotton mice (Peromyscus gossypinus), cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus), eastern harvest mice (Reithrodontomys humulis), marsh rice rats (Oryzomys palustris), and golden mice (Ochrotomys nuttalli). We did not observe an edge effect (i.e., preference or avoidance) in small mammal captures at the corridor edge. Rodent captures were greatest in harvested stands, declined near the edge of mature pine corridors, and were lowest within corridors. Shrew captures were generally greatest in mature pine corridors and least in the interior of harvested stands. Retention of mature pine corridors of only 100 m may maintain some small mammals (i.e., shrews) that would not occur if stands were completely harvested. South. J. Appl. For. 29(3):148–151.
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Keywords: Corridor; Pinus taeda; South Carolina; ecosystem-based forestry; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; intensive management; loblolly pine; natural resource management; natural resources; pine plantation; rodents; shrews; small mammals

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Affiliations: 1: USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Research Center Texas A&M University-Kingsville Texas Field Station Kingsville TX 78363 Phone: (361) 593-2426;, Fax: (361) 593-3924, Email: [email protected] 2: Memorial High School Eau ClaireWI 54701 3: MeadWestvaco Corporation Forest Resources Division Summerville SC 29484 4: Pacific Northwest Research Station USDA Forest Service Olympia WA 98512 5: College of Arts and Sciences Sam Houston State University Huntsville TX 77341 6: Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources University of Georgia Athens, GA 30602

Publication date: 2005-08-01

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