Aspen Bibliography

Title

Forest Management and Ruffed Grouse Populations in a Minnesota Coniferous Forest

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Forestry

Volume

81

Issue

8

First Page

529

Last Page

532

Publication Date

1983

Abstract

Fluctuations of ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus (L)) populations resulted from forest management and changes in stand composition on two study areas, each about 259 hectares in size. An important factor influencing ruffed grouse populations is the presence or absence of aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.; P. grandidentata Michx.) in forest stands. Dense young aspen sapling and pole stands provide cover where grouse are relatively secure from predation, while the presence of mature aspen provides high-value winter food. Management that favors conifers reduces ruffed grouse habitat.