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Pacific Southwest Research Station

 

Pacific Southwest Research Station
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Albany, CA 94710-0011

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The effects of ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe Region of California on population dynamics of the American marten

Marten photo by Annie Mazzoni
Marten photo by Annie Mazzoni

Principal Investigators:
Keith Slauson, USDA Forest Service-Pacific Southwest Research Station
William Zielinski, USDA Forest Service-Pacific Southwest Research Station

Proposal [pdf]

Final Report [pdf]

Please contact Keith Slauson with questions regarding the final report.

Project Summary

The overall goal of this project was to identify whether ski resorts have a net negative, neutral, or positive effect on Pacific marten (Martes caurina) populations in the Lake Tahoe region of California and Nevada. From 2009-2011, the project team investigated the effects of developed ski areas on the distribution and population dynamics of Pacific martens. The study included the comparison of three ski areas with three paired control study areas. Using hair snares (winter) and live traps (summer), martens were systematically identified or captured at each study area to determine occupancy and demographic characteristics.

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