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Using Site-Specific Habitat Information on Young to Late-Successional Avifauna to Guide Use and Management of Coastal Redwood and Douglas-Fir Forest Lands 1

By Sal J. Chinnici, Laura C. Bradley and Daniel R. Dill


Conservation of avifauna in coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) and Douglas-fir (Pseudosteuga menziesii) managed forestlands has historically involved two opposing goals. First, landowners want to minimize restricted acreage in order to maximize commercial utilization of forest products. Second, poor scientific understanding of species habitat needs has often led to conservation strategies that are overly conservative, and therefore restrictive. One solution to this conundrum is to better define critical species habitat needs. The Pacific Lumber Company (PALCO) has been collecting data on a variety of avian species that require different levels of protection based on their conservation status and habitat needs. In this paper, we report on the specific habitat requirements of marbled murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus), golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), and Cooper’s hawks (Accipiter cooperii). For each species, we examined the habitat characteristics surrounding nesting areas and compared them to random locations. We discuss how this research can be used in modifying species-specific conservation strategies

Topics: Key words, avifauna, conservation, Cooper’s hawk, Douglas-fir, golden eagle, habitat
Year: 2011
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