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Conserving Martens, Sables, and Fishers

Pine marten. Michael Mengak, Bugwood.orgSnapshot : New book provides the first comprehensive synthesis of knowledge about these species in nearly 20 years

Principal Investigators(s) :
Aubry, Keith 
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 94

Summary

Throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, all nine species of martens, sables, and fishers face significant conservation concerns and management challenges, many of which are growing increasingly urgent. These semiarboreal forest carnivores contribute to the functioning of healthy ecosystems (especially as predators), serve as indicators of structurally complex habitats, and provide economic benefits as furbearers.

The conservation of these animal populations will depend largely on the application of scientifically sound and practical programs for habitat and population management and educating public behavior. To facilitate the development of such programs, wildlife biologists synthesized the current state of knowledge on the genus Martes and developed a reliable basis for organizing interdisciplinary knowledge and identifying key elements to communicate to wildlife biologists, resource managers, and policymakers. This book provides the first comprehensive synthesis of knowledge about these species in nearly 20 years.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Pacific Southwest Research Station
  • Alpha Wildlife Research & Management Ltd., University of Wyoming

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Wildlife and Fish
  • Climate Change