, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 41-48

A review of wildlife changes in southern bottomland hardwoods due to forest management practices

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Abstract

One function of bottomland hardwood forests is provision of wildlife diversity and abundance. In this paper, we discuss the temporal and spatial changes in wildlife diversity and abundance often associated with forest management practices in bottomland hardwoods. Forest management activities after forest composition, structure, and spatial hetereogeneity, thereby changing the composition, abundance, and diversity of wildlife communities. Special habitat features such as snags, den trees, and dead and down woody material also may be impacted by forestry practices. More research is needed to fully understand landscape-level impacts of forest management.