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Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
Tahoe Science Projects supported by SNPLMA
Wildlife habitat occupancy models for project and landscape evaluations in the Lake Tahoe Basin
Final Report [pdf]
Please contact Dr. Pat Manley with questions regarding the final report.
A myriad of sources of environmental change and associated land management challenges exist in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Sources of change are diverse and include land development, recreational uses, wildfire, insects, disease, forest management, and climate change. The complexity of the challenge is four-parted:
The Lake Tahoe Basin needs an assessment tool that can be applied to a variety of wildlife and biodiversity evaluation needs to help inform land management planning and implementation in light of multiple interacting change agents acting across the landscape and over time. A rich array of empirical data is available and can be tapped to provide this important tool, and thereby increase the value of past and current agency investments in research and monitoring.
The goal of this project was to use existing empirical field data that were collected in a systematic manner in the Lake Tahoe Basin to develop species distribution maps and habitat occupancy models for forest-associated vertebrate species in the basin. These models will facilitate site and landscape-scale evaluations of management treatments, climate change, and other change agents that affect forest structure and composition today and in the future. This project developed habitat occupancy models (estimates of probability of occurrence have a range between 0 and 1) based on site-specific environmental conditions. These are first generation models, and as such, they target simple objectives that can be readily met with existing data.
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