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Use of logging roads by terrestrial mammals in a responsibly managed neotropical rainforest in Guyana

Harris, Arianne, Hallett, Mathew T, Davis, Micah, Carter, Martin, Singh, Dwarka, Roopsind, Anand, Maharaj, Gyanpriya, Bicknell, Jake E. (2023) Use of logging roads by terrestrial mammals in a responsibly managed neotropical rainforest in Guyana. Forest Ecology and Management, 548 . Article Number 121401. ISSN 0378-1127. (doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2023.121401) (KAR id:103014)


Selective logging is the most widespread use of tropical forests. Building logging roads facilitates access to previously remote rainforests, and so proper management is essential for ensuring biodiversity retention in logged landscapes. Terrestrial mammals often directly use logging roads (via movement corridors, hunting or foraging), making them vulnerable to poorly managed roads. Here we explore how the presence, arrangement and use of logging roads influence terrestrial mammal occupancy and detection within a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified logged forest in Guyana. We compared camera trap data from20 natural ‘game’ trails in an unlogged area, with camera trap data from 23 sites set near to or on logging roads within the Iwokrama forest. Our findings showed high occupancy within logged areas with no statistically significant difference to unlogged areas. Higher detections were noted along secondary and feeder roads compared to skid trails and the natural trails in control areas. Additionally, our data showed a negative correlation between occupancy and distance to village for a scatter hoarding rodent, most likely driven by subsistence hunting by local communities. Our results indicate that proper road management geared towards the monitoring and guarded access of logging roads, can have a positive effect on terrestrial mammal occurrence within responsibly managed rainforests.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.foreco.2023.121401
Projects: 22886
Uncontrolled keywords: Occupancy; Reduced-impact logging; Camera trap; Hunting; Management; Conservation; Ecology
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Jake Bicknell
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2023 13:55 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 11:22 UTC
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