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Individual study: Effects of understory and overstory management on breeding birds in oak-hickory forests in the Ozark Mountains, Arkansas, USA

Published source details

Rodewald P.G. & Smith K.G. (1998) Short-term effects of understory and overstory management on breeding birds in Arkansas oak-hickory forests. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 62, 1411-1417


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Thin trees within forests Bird Conservation

A replicated, controlled study in 1992-1994 in oak-hickory Carya forests in the Ozark Mountains, Arkansas, USA (Rodewald & Smith 1998), found that three of 14 species analysed were more abundant in plots with both thinning and understorey control, compared to control plots or those with just understorey control. This study is discussed in detail in ‘Manually control/remove understorey and midstorey vegetation’.

 

Manually control or remove midstorey and ground-level vegetation (including mowing, chaining, cutting etc) in forests Bird Conservation

A replicated, controlled study in 1993-1994 in oak Quercus-hickory Carya forests in the Ozark Mountains, Arkansas, USA (Rodewald & Smith 1998), found that one of the 14 species analysed was more abundant on plots from which understorey vegetation was removed, compared to those with both understorey and overstorey control. Three species were more abundant in plots with both over- and understorey control, whilst three tree-nesting species and ground- and shrub-nesting species were more abundant in control stands.