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Douglas-fir forests in the Oregon and Washington Cascades: relation of the herpetofauna to stand age and moisture

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Abstract

Pitfall traps effectively sampled amphibians but not reptiles in Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) forests. The abundance of only one amphibian species varied across an age gradient or a moisture gradient. Salamanders and frogs that breed in ponds or streams were captured in large numbers in some stands, likely due to the presence of nearby breeding habitat rather than forest conditions. Lizards occurred mostly in dry stands and clearcuts. Time-constrained searches showed different use of downed woody debris among terrestrial salamanders. The occurrence and abundance of species in naturally regenerated forests markedly differed from clearcut stands.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Title Douglas-fir forests in the Oregon and Washington Cascades: relation of the herpetofauna to stand age and moisture
Series number General Technical Report RM-166
Year Published 1988
Language English
Publisher U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Publisher location Fort Collins, CO
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Other Report
Larger Work Title Management of amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals in North America
First page 11
Last page 22
Country United States
State Oregon;Washington
Other Geospatial Cascade Mountains
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