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Title: Using expert opinion to evaluate a habitat effectiveness model for elk in western Oregon and Washington.

Author: Holthausen, Richard S.; Wisdom, Michael J.; Pierce, John; Edwards, Daniel K.; Rowland, Mary M.

Date: 1994

Source: Res. Pap. PNW-RP-479. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 16 p

Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)

Description: We used expert opinion to evaluate the predictive reliability of a habitat effectiveness model for elk in western Oregon and Washington. Twenty-five experts in elk ecology were asked to rate habitat quality for 16 example landscapes. Rankings and ratings of 21 experts were significantly correlated with model output. Expert opinion and model predictions differed for 4 of the 16 landscapes. Differences were most pronounced for habitats dominated by large expanses of either forage or cover.

Keywords: Elk, elk habitat, habitat effectiveness, habitat models, elk management, model validation, Roosevelt elk, validation research, expert opinion, western Oregon, western Washington

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Holthausen, Richard S.; Wisdom, Michael J.; Pierce, John; Edwards, Daniel K.; Rowland, Mary M. 1994. Using expert opinion to evaluate a habitat effectiveness model for elk in western Oregon and Washington. Res. Pap. PNW-RP-479. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 16 p

 


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