Modelling habitat quality for arboreal marsupials in the South Coastal forests of New South Wales, Australia

Modelling habitat quality for arboreal marsupials in the South Coastal forests of New South... We present a statistical model to predict habitat quality for arboreal marsupials (possums and gliders) in the Eden district (New South Wales, Australia). The model is based on foliage and soil nutrients, the amount of decorticating bark, the susceptibility of trees to develop holes, topographic position and forest structure. The results suggest that the main factor predicting the occurrence of arboreal marsupials is the availability of food (e.g. quality of leaves, nutrients). When food is not a limiting factor, forest structure (e.g. number of large trees) determines the habitat quality. Implications for forest management are also discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Forest Ecology and Management Elsevier

Modelling habitat quality for arboreal marsupials in the South Coastal forests of New South Wales, Australia

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Publisher
Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 1995 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN
0378-1127
eISSN
1872-7042
D.O.I.
10.1016/0378-1127(95)03598-5
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Abstract

We present a statistical model to predict habitat quality for arboreal marsupials (possums and gliders) in the Eden district (New South Wales, Australia). The model is based on foliage and soil nutrients, the amount of decorticating bark, the susceptibility of trees to develop holes, topographic position and forest structure. The results suggest that the main factor predicting the occurrence of arboreal marsupials is the availability of food (e.g. quality of leaves, nutrients). When food is not a limiting factor, forest structure (e.g. number of large trees) determines the habitat quality. Implications for forest management are also discussed.

Journal

Forest Ecology and ManagementElsevier

Published: Oct 1, 1995

References

  • Indicators for monitoring biodiversity: a hierarchical approach
    Noss, R.F.
  • The use of movement data as an assay of habitat quality
    Winker, K.; Rappole, J.H.; Ramos, M.A.

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