Tree Frog Forestry News

Protecting small mammals after logging near Golden

By Keri Sculland
The Golden Star
June 13, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Tom Sullivan

A team of biologists are keeping an eye on small mammals in cut blocks around Golden and four other sites in the province. What they’re looking for is the impact of logging on small mammal habitats. …Tom Sullivan is a small mammal biologist with UBC who has been working with silviculture forester Scott King at Louisiana-Pacific Corp. on a site just east of Golden. He and his team have preserved slash piles, and have set live traps to see if these piles are used as a habitat by small creatures. …Rather than burning up the piles and discarding them, the piles are acting as a “marten hotel,” or a mouse mansion. …These small mammals are critical to the environment. …Creating the habitats and corridors between cut blocks has helped to keep the animals in the ecosystem.

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