Small mammal populations of an area in northern Idaho severely burned in 1967
Document Type: Journal
Author(s): J. Stout ; A. L. Farris ; V. L. Wright
Publication Year: 1971

Cataloging Information

  • Abies spp.
  • coniferous forests
  • fire management
  • Idaho
  • Microtus spp.
  • mountains
  • Peromyscus spp.
  • Pinus contorta
  • population density
  • Populus tremuloides
  • post-fire recovery
  • small mammals
  • species diversity (animals)
  • succession
  • Thuja plicata
  • Tsuga heterophylla
  • wildfires
  • wildlife habitat management
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Record Last Modified: September 20, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 36007
Tall Timbers Record Number: 10344
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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'Reports of a small rodent population outbreak and consequent extensive damage to vegetation of the Trapper Peak-Sundance Mountain burn (56,000 acres, 1967), Kaniksu National Forest, northern Idaho prompted this study. Newspaper accounts and inexperienced observers alleded to small mammal densities of 7000-10,000 per acre. Both deer mice (Peromyscus) and voles (Microtus) were reported to have increased to unusual densities... Study objectives were to evaluate the relative abundance and diversity of small mammals on the burn, obtain a measure of the impact of small mammals on the vegetation, and determine if overt signs of social stress were being manifested. The results reported here did not confirm the presence of unusual densities of small mammals on three areas sampled on the burn in June 1970. However, rodent damage to the shrub stratum had occurred during the previous winter. Virtually no work has been reported on interactions among fires, small mammals, and succession in the northern Rocky Mountains. Public and private wildland management agencies need quantitative data on these interactions to use in developing management policies following extensive forest and range fires.' © by the Northwest Scientific Association. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Stout, J., A. L. Farris, and V. L. Wright. 1971. Small mammal populations of an area in northern Idaho severely burned in 1967. Northwest Science, v. 45, no. 4, p. 219-226.