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Accession Number PB2014-100203
Title Effects of Forest Land Management on Terrestrial Mollusks: A Literature Review.
Publication Date Feb 2012
Media Count 87p
Personal Author S. F. Jordan S. H. Black
Abstract Snails and slugs are essential components of forest ecosystems. They decompose forest litter, recycle nutrients, build soils, and provide food and calcium for birds, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and invertebrates. Although mollusks have been a crucial part of the ecology of temperate forests for millennia, recent loss and fragmentation of natural habitats due to clearcut logging, road-building, and altered fire regime have resulted in both extinction and extinction risk for many mollusk species. Mollusks (including aquatic species) represent 20% of all threatened animals, and 37% of known animal extinctions since 1600 A.D. In an era where the extinction rate is an estimated 400 times the natural rate, it is important for land managers to take mollusks into consideration when developing or re-evaluating strategies for managing forests ecosystems to achieve forest health and biodiversity conservation goals. This review presents a synthesis of the current understanding of terrestrial gastropod ecosystem functions, habitat associations, and response to forest disturbances.
Keywords Conservation
Forest ecosystems
Land management
Sensitive species evaluations
Terrestrial mollusks

Source Agency Forest Service Engineering Staff Washington DC
Bureau of Land Management
NTIS Subject Category 57H - Ecology
57Z - Zoology
48B - Natural Resource Management
48D - Forestry
Corporate Author Forest Service, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1401
Contract Number N/A

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