Landscape Ecology of Centennial Woods

Centennial Woods is in a very interesting location because of its proximity to human communities. The nearby apartments create an edge along one side. If you look hard enough, you can see house cats on the prowl for their meal. Another edge is the road. In the coming weeks, I should begin to see Wood Thrush as a forest interior bird species. The Scarlet Tanager is also a common forest interior species in my place. These species rely on dense canopies and complex forest compositions for their nesting habitat. Centennial Woods is at an advantage for forest preservation because it is managed by the university. In the case of many wood lots and sugar bushes in the state, land owners don’t have incentive to keep their forests intact, thus creating more edge effects and altering the species diversity in the forest. Landscape ecology is inherently a social issue because it is related to tax rates and intristic values of forests.

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