The effect of alpine ski-slopes on epigeic beetles: does even a nature-friendly management make a change?

  title={The effect of alpine ski-slopes on epigeic beetles: does even a nature-friendly management make a change?},
  author={Josef Ka{\vs}{\'a}k and Monika Mazalov{\'a} and Jan {\vS}ipo{\vs} and Tom{\'a}{\vs} Kuras},
  journal={Journal of Insect Conservation},
Unique alpine ecosystems are threatened by skiing activities all over the world. We studied the effect of alpine ski-slopes on epigeic beetles by pitfall trapping in the Praděd National Nature Reserve (Czech Republic) where the management of ski-slopes has never caused any disturbance to the vegetation cover. Using a mixed modelling approach, we demonstrate a significant effect of ski-slope management on the epigeic beetle community, including its functional diversity. Beetle species responded… 
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