Management of Forests and Wildlife: Fishers in Multiple-Use Landscapes
Proactive inclusion of the habitat needs of wildlife into land management strategies can help to promote conservation of intact ecosystems and avoid federal listing of species. The fisher (Martes pennanti) is a mid-sized, forest carnivore, that has declined across much of its range, and is a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Information needs for this species include an understanding of habitat use and requirements in the Northern Rocky Mountains, and an evaluation of how human modification of forests might affect fishers. The goal of our research is to quantify habitat use and selection by fishers across a gradient of managed forest landscapes to gain an understanding of how forest management activities affect habitat suitability.