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    Author(s): John Lehmkuhl
    Date: 2005
    Source: Western Forester: 8-9
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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    A primary issue in forest wildlife management is habitat fragmentation and its effects on viability, which is the "bottom line" for plant and animal species of conservation concern. Population viability is the likelihood that a population will be able to maintain itself (remain viable) over a long period of time-usually 100 years or more. Though it is true that "habitat is the key to wildlife," as bumper stickers in Washington proclaim, under the population viability framework there are two other key factors that influence viability: the species population structure and life history attributes. More on those topics later.

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    Lehmkuhl, John. 2005. Wildlife habitat fragmentation. Western Forester: 8-9

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