Title: Amphibian and reptile community response to coarse woody debris manipulations in upland loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) forests
Author: Owens, Audrey K.; Moseley, Kurtis R.; McCay, Timothy S.; Castleberry, Steven B.; Kilgo, John C.; Ford, W. Mark
Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 256: 2078-2083.
Coarse woody debris (CWD) has been identified as a key microhabitat component for groups that are moisture and temperature sensitive such as amphibians and reptiles. However, few experimental manipulations have quantitatively assessed amphibian and reptile response to varying CWD volumes within forested environments. We assessed amphibian and reptile response to large-scale, CWD manipulation within managed loblolly pine stands in the southeastern Coastal Plain of the United States from 1998 to 2005. Our study consisted of two treatment phases: Phase I treatments included downed CWD removal (removal of all downed CWD), all CWD removal (removal of all downed and standing CWD), pre-treatment snag, and control; Phase II treatments included downed CWD addition (downed CWD volume increased 5-fold), snag addition (standing CWD volume increased 10-fold), all CWD removal (all CWD removed), and control.
Keywords: amphibian, coarse woody debris, coastal plain, dead wood, forest management, herpetofauna, Rana sphenocephala, reptile, snag
View or Print this Publication (122 KB)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
- This publication may be available in hard copy. Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact Sharon Hobrla, firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
Owens, Audrey K.; Moseley, Kurtis R.; McCay, Timothy S.; Castleberry, Steven B.; Kilgo, John C.; Ford, W. Mark. 2008. Amphibian and reptile community response to coarse woody debris manipulations in upland loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) forests. Forest Ecology and Management. 256: 2078-2083.
Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility