Barry R. Noon

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Spatially explicit population models are becoming increasingly useful tools for population ecologists, conservation biologists, and land managers. Models are spatially explicit when they combine a population simulator with a landscape map that describes the spatial distribution of landscape features. With this map, the locations of habitat patches,(More)
The Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) is closely associated witb mature and old-growth coniferous forests in the Pacific Northwest There has been a rapid loss and fragmentation of this habitat over the last half century, which may jeopardize tbe longterm survival of the species through reduction of dispersal success. In this paper we report(More)
Development of the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) was motivated by concerns about the over-harvest of late-seral forests and the effects of intensive forest management on the long-term viability of the Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina). Following several years of intense political and legal debates, the final NWFP was approved in 1994. Even(More)
H abitat loss and fragmentation are among the most pervasive threats to the conservation of biological diversity (Wilcove et al. 1986, Wilcox and Murphy 1985). Habitat fragmentation often leads to the isolation of small populations, which have higher extinction rates (e.g., Pimmetal. 1988). Ultimately, the processes of isolation and population extinction(More)
Management of northern spotted owls (Strix occidentalis caurina) in northwestern California is aided by knowledge of its prey base, the dusky-footed woodrat (Neotoma fuscipes). From late April through September 1990, we radiotracked 25 dusky-footed woodrats representing both sexes and a cross section of age classes (ad, subad, and juv). Animals were(More)
Designing a reserve system for a threatened territorial species such as the Northern Spotted Owl requires the balancing of biological necessity against economic reality. The Spotted Owl conservation plan and the Pacific Northwest timber industry are in conflict because both demand large areas of mature and old-growth coniferous forests. The primay focus of(More)
Habitat fragmentation is an issue of primary concern in conservation biology. However. both the concepts of habitat and fragmentation are ill-defined and often misused. We review the habitat concept and examine differences between habitat fragmentation and habitat heterogeneity, and we suggest that habitat fragmentation is both a state (or outcome) and a(More)
To meet the requirements of Congressional legislation mandating the production of a "scientifically credible" conservation strategy for the threatened Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina), the Interagency Spotted Owl Scientific Committee employed scientific methods to design a habitat reserve system. Information on the current and historical(More)