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Wildlife Use of Dwarf Mistletoe Brooms in Douglas-Fir in Northeast Oregon

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Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) trees with and without dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium douglasii) brooms were examined for evidence of use by wildlife. Evidence of foraging occurred in 51% of the broomed trees and in 29% of the trees without brooms. Evidence of nesting by mammals occurred in 18% of the broomed trees and in none of the trees without brooms. Brooms used and those not used by wildlife were significantly different in type and volume. These findings suggest that retaining mistletoe brooms in stands may be important to provide nesting, foraging, resting and roosting habitat for mammals and birds. West. J. Appl. For. 14(2):100-105.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, La Grande Ranger District, La Grande, OR 97850

Publication date: April 1, 1999

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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 Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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