Special Issue "Conservation and Management of Forest Wildlife"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 4273
Interests: hoofed, semi-aquatic, carnivore and small mammal ecology; threatened and invasive mammal species; large carnivores; spatial distribution; population management and computer modeling; biodiversity and ecological diversity
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Special Issue in Diversity: Advances in Diversity and Conservation of Terrestrial Small Mammals
Special Issue in Sustainability: Mammal Status: Diversity, Abundance and Dynamics Volume II
Special Issue in Life: Abundance and Dynamics of Small Mammals and Their Predators: 2nd Edition
Special Issue in Diversity: Advances in Diversity and Conservation of Terrestrial Small Mammals—2nd Edition
As shown in M.L. Hunter (Jr.)'s seminal book Wildlife, Forests and Forestry: Principles of Managing Forests for Biodiversity, published in 1990, and Forest Wildlife Management and Conservation, by D. B. Lindenmayer, published in 2009, forests are essential habitats for biodiversity. Understanding forest wildlife ecology is key to the successful conservation and management of species and communities, balancing conservation, human interests, wildlife use and wildlife appreciation. Any forest management action can affect the availability and quality of resources for forest wildlife populations, and scientific knowledge will therefore improve wildlife management and conservation strategies.
This Special Issue aims to gather articles and reviews on the following topics:
- The conservation and management of forest wildlife (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrate species and communities);
- Forest as a wildlife habitat (fragmentation, degradation, specialized species);
- Changes in afforestation in relation to wildlife;
- The monitoring of forest fauna and flora (long-term results are desirable);
- Human conflicts with forest fauna and increasing wildlife acceptance;
- The impact of climate change, forestry activities, hunting and other factors on forest species and communities.
Dr. Linas Balčiauskas
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- forest wildlife
- conflict analysis
- wildlife acceptance
- influencing factors
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Comparison of Two Survey Methods of Demographic Structure in Cervid Populations Suggests Opportunities for Prediction of Increasing Forest Damages – A Case Study in Latvia
Authors: Gundega Done; Jānis Ozoliņš; Guna Bagrade; Jurģis Jansons; Jānis Baumanis; Alekss Vecvanags; Dainis Jakovels
Affiliation: Latvian State Forest Research Institute ‘Silava’, Riga street 111, Salaspils, LV-2169, Latvia Institute for Environmental Solutions ‘Lidlauks’, Cēsis, LV-4126, Latvia
Abstract: The overall increase of ungulate populations in modern Europe has also contributed to conflicts in national economies, particularly between game management and the forestry sector. A two-level spatial scale study was launched to identify signs of increasing damage risk to young pine stands – one for assessing the interaction between sex-age structure of cervid population, measured as the pellet group density, and forest damages, measured as the percentage of heavily browsed trees in 1006 pine stands distributed evenly throughout the country, and the second for comparison between pellet count and trail-camera-based records of moose and red deer presence in a pilot study area. We examined whether 1) there is a correlation between damage amount and ungulate population structure and 2) are the data from trail cameras suitable for wider use in monitoring ungulate population structure. The study confirmed that pine damages were significantly higher in stands with higher moose pellet group density regardless sex or age, but in red deer populations, a significant predominance of females and juveniles was found in the most highly damaged stands. There were no statistically significant differences between the two survey methods in the pilot territory of ungulate population structure by using pellet count transects and trail camera fixations, thus both pellet group counts and trail cameras provide comparable data on sex and age structure in moose and red deer populations, however, trail cameras are more widely applicable and easier to use by hunters than pellet counts.