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Title: Management and conservation of tree squirrels: the importance of endemism, species richness, and forest condition

Author: Koprowski, John L.;

Date: 2005

Source: In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 245-250

Publication Series: Proceedings (P)

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Description: Tree squirrels are excellent indicators of forest health yet the taxon is understudied. Most tree squirrels in the Holarctic Region are imperiled with some level of legal protection. The Madrean Archipelago is the epicenter for tree squirrel diversity in North America with 5 endemic species and 2 introduced species. Most species of the region are poorly studied in keeping with an international dearth of data on this taxon; 3 of the 5 native species are the subject of <3 publications. Herein, I review literature on the response of squirrels to forest management from clearcutting to less comprehensive operations. Major threats to squirrel diversity in the Madrean Archipelago’s Sky Islands are the introduction of species, altered fire regimes, and inappropriate application of forestry practices.

Keywords: Glaucomys, Sciurus, Tamiascirus, squirrels, forest health, species diversity, forest management, forestry practices, fire, Madrean Archipelago

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Koprowski, John L. 2005. Management and conservation of tree squirrels: the importance of endemism, species richness, and forest condition. In: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 245-250

 


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