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Title: Economics of a nest-box program for the conservation of an endangered species: a reappraisal

Author: Spring, Daniel A.; Bevers, Michael; Kennedy, John O.S.; Harley, Dan

Date: 2001

Source: Canadian journal of forest research. 31(11): 1992–2003

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: An optimization model is developed to identify timing and placement strategies for the installation of nest boxes and the harvesting of timber to meet joint timber–wildlife objectives. Optimal management regimes are determined on the basis of their impacts on the local abundance of a threatened species and net present value (NPV) and are identified for a range of NPV levels to identify production possibility frontiers for abundance and NPV. We apply the model to a case study focusing on an area of commercially productive mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans F. Muell.) forest in the Central Highlands region of Victoria, Australia. The species to be conserved is Leadbeater’s possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri McCoy), which is locally limited by a scarcity of nesting hollows. The modeling is exploratory but indicates that nest boxes may offer a promising population recovery tool if consideration is taken of their placement and areal extent through time.

Keywords: Eucalyptus regnans, Gymnobelideus leadbeateri, endangered species, nest boxes

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Spring, Daniel A.; Bevers, Michael; Kennedy, John O.S.; Harley, Dan 2001. Economics of a nest-box program for the conservation of an endangered species: a reappraisal. Canadian journal of forest research. 31(11): 1992–2003

 


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