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Topic: Clearcuts & Wildlife
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How Do Clearcuts Affect Wildlife?
The Wildlife Habitat Development Cycle
Each part of a forest cycle provides habitat that favors some animal species
and not others. At each stage of a forests development, new habitatseach
home to a different variety of animalsbecame prominent, only to fade and
be replaced during the next stage. Click on the forest cycle below to explore
how each stage of forest development favored certain animals:
Clearcuts and the Wildlife Habitat Development Cycle
When trees are cut, theyre clearcut in patches.
Each clearcut is the beginning of a new forest, and the start
of another habitat development cycle. What we get is a patchwork
of clearcuts and young and older stands. This provides a lot of habitat diversity,
and that gives us wildlife diversity.
You can usually find several stages of forest development somewhere
in the landscape; and each these forest types supports different groups of wildlife
species. As long as most stages are present at the same time, the requirements
of nearly all species are met somewhere.
Alternatives to Clearcutting
Clearcutting is only used when and where absolutely necessary, and accounts
for less that 20% of all harvesting methods used in Oregon. Other harvesting
methods include thinning, and partial cutting, each with different impacts on
Sources: Dr. Mike Newton, Dept. of Forest Science, OSU College of Forestry