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Riparian Zones

Snapshot : In a recent study on the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina, Forest Service scientists investigated the importance of riparian zones to bats and salamanders, and tested the effects of riparian zone width on these important taxa.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Susan Loeb 
Research Location : Southern Appalachians
Research Station : Southern Research Station (SRS)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 297

Summary

In a recent study on the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina, Forest Service scientists investigated the importance of riparian zones to bats and salamanders, and tested the effects of riparian zone width on these important taxa. These wildlife groups were chosen for study due to their prominent roles in forested ecosystems of the Southern Appalachians, their associations with riparian areas, and grave concerns about their conservation status. Forest managers can use these findings to maintain habitat sufficient to conserve bat and salamander populations.

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  • Wildlife and Fish
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