Responses of snowhoe hares, Lepus americanus, to timber harvesting in northern Maine

  • Published source details Monthey R.W. (1986) Responses of snowhoe hares, Lepus americanus, to timber harvesting in northern Maine. The Canadian Field-Naturalist (formerly Ottawa Naturalist), 100, 568-570.


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Use selective harvesting instead of clearcutting

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Use selective harvesting instead of clearcutting

    A site comparison study in 1974–1977 of three mixed forest blocks in Maine, USA (Monthey 1986) did not find more snowshoe hares Lepus americanus in partially harvested forest than in largely clearcut forest. In a partially harvested forest, a lower proportion of transect sections (7.9%) contained hare tracks compared to in a largely clearcut forest (17.6%). However, patches of unharvested trees were included within the clearcut forest sampled, and tracks were most numerous in or close to these. Hare tracks were surveyed, 1–2 days after snowfall, over the winters of 1974–1975, 1975–1976 and 1976–1977. Tracks were counted on 15-m sections along 50 km of permanent lines through clearcut and partially harvested forest. Partial harvesting occurred in 1974–1977 and the clearcut forest was harvested in 1960–1975.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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