Three School of Environmental and Forest Science researchers have authored a study recently published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management about balancing fisher conservation and managing forests.
L. Monika Moskal, associate professor and associate director of SEFS; Van Kane, research assistant professor; and Jonathan Kane, staff researcher, contributed as authors to the study, “Forest structure predictive of fisher (Pekania pennanti) dens exists in recently burned forest in Yosemite, California, USA.”
The study looked at the difficulty land managers in the Sierra Nevada face in balancing conservation of the habitat of the fisher, a small mammal. Fishers are of high conservation priority in the area because of the small population size and the risk of habitat loss because of wildfire. The study used Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of pulsed laster to measure ranges, and results showed that land managers can simultaneously reduce the risk of a high-severity fire while also protecting the fisher and its habitat.