Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Natural Resource Ecology and Management

First Advisor

Jesse A. Randall

Second Advisor

Julie A. Blanchong

Abstract

In 2009 and 2010, we investigated the impacts of prescribed burns for oak forest management on understory vegetation, white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) abundance and survival, and questing blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) abundance and tick attachment load. In 2010, understory vegetation diversity and richness significantly decreased as percent burn increased. White-footed mouse abundance and survival were not different between burned and unburned sites; however, abundance was significantly higher in 2009. Attached tick load was significantly higher in 2010, but did not differ between burned and unburned sites. However, tick load increased 3.5 fold in burned sites between years while tick load increased 8 fold in the unburned area. Questing tick abundance was significantly lower in the burned area than the unburned area in both years. These results could assist land managers in developing multipurpose approaches for using prescribed burning for oak forest management.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-2394

Copyright Owner

Haley Elizabeth Frater

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-06

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

139 pages

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