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Title: Long-term partial cutting impacts on Desmognathus salamander abundance in West Virginia headwater streams

Author: Moseley, Kurtis R.; Ford, W. Mark; Schuler, Thomas M.;

Date: 2008

Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 254: 300-307.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: To understand long-term impacts of partial cutting practices on stream-dwelling salamanders in the central Appalachians, we examined pooled abundance of Desmognathus fuscus and D. monticola salamanders (hereafter Desmognathus) in headwater streams located within long-term silvicultural research compartments on the Fernow Experimental Forest, Tucker County, West Virginia. We sampled Desmognathus salamanders in 12 headwater streams within silvicultural research compartments that have been subjected to partial cutting for approximately 50 years. We used an information-theoretic approach to test five a priori models explaining partial cutting effects at the compartment-level on Desmognathus abundance and eight a priori models explaining stream reach-scale habitat effects on Desmognathus abundance.

Keywords: Best management practices, central Appalachians, Desmognathus, forest management, headwater streams, partial cutting, sedimentation

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Moseley, Kurtis R.; Ford, W. Mark; Schuler, Thomas M. 2008. Long-term partial cutting impacts on Desmognathus salamander abundance in West Virginia headwater streams. Forest Ecology and Management. 254: 300-307.


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