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Individual study: Effects of selective logging on breeding bird communities in bottomland hardwood forests in north-eastern Louisiana, USA

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Heltzel J.M. & Leberg P.L. (2006) Effects of selective logging on breeding bird communities in bottomland hardwood forests in Louisiana. Journal of Wildlife Management, 70, 1416-1424


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Use selective harvesting/logging instead of clearcutting Bird Conservation

A replicated study in April-June 2003-2004 in three bottomland hardwood forest wildlife management areas in Louisiana, USA (Heltzel & Leberg 2006), found that 14 species were more abundant in 12 stands that had been subject to selective harvest either recently or 12-18 years previously, compared to 12 control stands (not harvested for at least 30 years). Three species were more abundant in control stands than in harvested ones. A further 18 species did not differ between stands.