Comment Ecological Principles for the Design of Wildlife Corridors DAVID B. LINDENMAYER HENRY A. NIX Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies The Australian National University G.P.O. Box 4 Canberra A.C.T. 2601, Australia tion montane ash forests in the Central Highlands of Introduction Victoria, southeastern Australia (Lindenmayer 1992~ Networks of wildlife corridors are increasingly being Lindenmayer et al. in press). The primary objectives of advocated as a key component of strategies for the con- the study were (1) to compare the findings from wild- servation of biodiversity (Saunders & Hobbs 1991). life corridors with those from similar studies of arboreal While they have general support among conservation- marsupials in areas of contiguous forest (Lindenmayer ists, there is a paucity of data on the effectiveness of et al. 1990, 1991a), and (2) to identify corridor attrib- such corridors for nature conservation. In addition, utes that significantly influenced the presence and abun- there are few scientifically-based guiding principles for dance of arboreal marsupials. The investigation was an the evaluation and design of systems of retained areas. extensive one and the study sites varied in width, Harrison (1992) has drawn attention to these deficien- length, connectivity, habitat quality, and a wide range of
Conservation Biology – Wiley
Published: Sep 1, 1993
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