The effects of juvenile spacing (non-commercial thinning) on wildlife were studied during winter in Douglas-fir forests near 100 Mile House, British Columbia. Snowshoe hares did not use recently spaced, mature IDFb2 forests in the winter after the fresh slash was covered by snow, but did use unspaced strips left in spaced blocks. There was some evidence that wider strips of unspaced forest were preferred. Mule deer, moose, and coyotes selected for trails created through slash. Future research is necessary to determine long- and short-term effects of spacing on wildlife in both the summer and winter.
Waterhouse, M.J., Dawson, R.J.; Armleder, H.M.; Belliveau, P.. 2008. A preliminary study of the effects of juvenile spacing on wildlife habitat use during winter in the interior douglas-fir zone of British Columbia. British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Research Report (FLNRORD)
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
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