Effects of Timber Harvesting on Southern Appalachian Salamanders

  title={Effects of Timber Harvesting on Southern Appalachian Salamanders},
  author={James W. Petranka and Matthew E. Eldridge and Katherine E. Haley},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
We compared the species richness and abundance of salamanders on six recent clearcuts ( 50 years old) in southern Appalachian forests in western North Carolina, U.S.A. Catches of salamanders from plots in mature forest stands were about five times higher than those on recent clearcuts. Almost all species and major taxonomic groups of salamanders were adversely affected by timber removal. Mean number of species collected per plot was about twice as great in mature forest stands as in clearcuts… Expand

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