Title

American Marten: A Case for Landscape Management

Document Type

Conference Paper

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Transactions of the 54th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference

Volume

54

Publication Date

1989

First Page

89

Last Page

101

Abstract

Martens (Martes americana atrata) prefer dense, mature coniferous or mixed forest with high overstorey density. The conflict is discussed between these habitat needs and local economic interests in timber harvest in western Newfoundland. A study of the use of residual forest stands by martens showed that populations decline as old-growth stands of Abies balsamea and Picea mariana are felled. It is argued that a landscape approach should be used and that management strategies can be devised which simultaneously promote marten survival while maintaining commercial logging interests and a viable timber enterprise in the area.

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