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Enhancing habitat quality for small mammals at young pine plantations after clearcutting
 
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Laboratorio de Conservación Biológica, Departamento de Ciencias Ecológicas, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 653, Santiago, Chile
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Center of Applied Ecology and Sustainability (CAPES), Departamento de Ecologia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
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Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas Animales, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias y Pecuarias, Universidad de Chile, Av. Santa Rosa 11735, Santiago, Chile
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Matías Barceló   

Laboratorio de Conservación Biológica, Departamento de Ciencias Ecológicas, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 653, Santiago, Chile
Online publication date: 2021-03-15
Publication date: 2021-03-15
 
Hystrix It. J. Mamm. 2021;32(1):0
 
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Monoculture plantations of exotic Monterey pine (Pinus radiata) is a widespread practice which reduces richness and abundance of native species. The presence of shrub vegetation in mature pine plantations confers structural complexity, enabling the presence of native wildlife, and potentially mitigating the impacts of these plantations. However, little is known about the effect of shrub cover in young pine plantations after clearcutting. We assessed if shrub vegetation cover contributes to enhancing habitat quality for small mammals by assessing the abundance and composition of small mammal assemblages in young pine plantations (15 years), and in the native temperate forest in central Chile. We found that a high development of shrub vegetation in young pine plantation increased both the abundance of small mammals, and the similarity of small mammal assemblages among habitat types. These findings support maintaining developed shrub vegetation in Monterrey pine plantations as a conservation strategy that could help reduce the negative impact of this monoculture and the impact of clearcutting.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
We are grateful to C. Reyes, J. Veloso, I. Kraft, C. Ugarte, A. Arzabe, R. Almuna and H. Mendoza for their help during field work. We also thank R. Zúñiga for logisitical support and C. Veloso for the loan of traps. We also thank Forestal Masisa S.A. and Corporación Nacional Forestal for allowing us to work on their properties. Finally, the authors would like to thank the constructive comments of the reviewers.
FUNDING
This study was supported by FONDECYT 3160037 and 1140657. MB was supported by CONICYT-PCHA, Magister Nacional, 2015-22151445. AVR is supported by ANID + PAI No. PAI77180009. MB thanks the Centre of Applied Ecology and Sustainability CAPES CONICYT PIA/BASAL FB0002.
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