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    Author(s): John Anhold; Brent Mitchell; Craig Wilcox; Tom Mellin; Melissa Merrick; Ann Lynch; Mike Walterman; Donald Falk; John Koprowski; Denise Laes; Don Evans; Haans Fisk
    Date: 2015
    Source: In: Potter K. M.; Conkling, B. L. Forest Health Monitoring: National Status, Trends, and Analysis 2014. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-209. Asheville NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. p. 133-142.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    The Pinaleno Mountains in southeastern Arizona represent a Madrean sky island ecosystem that contains the southernmost expanse of spruce-fir forest type in North America. This ecosystem is also the last remaining habitat for the Mt. Graham red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamenis), a federally listed endangered species. Due to a general shift in species composition and forest structure of spruce-fir type forests across the Southwest, the ecosystem is being threatened by large high-severity fires, insect infestation, and a general loss of biodiversity. These risk factors have led the Coronado National Forest to begin a forest restoration effort using LiDAR (light detection and ranging) as a tool for identifying habitat and cataloging forest inventory variables at a landscape level. LiDAR was identified as an efficient tool for filling the data collection needs because field data collection is restricted due to rugged terrain and safety concerns.

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    Anhold, John; Mitchell, Brent; Wilcox, Craig; Mellin, Tom; Merrick, Melissa; Lynch, Ann; Walterman, Mike; Falk, Donald; Koprowski, John; Laes, Denise; Evans, Don; Fisk, Haans. 2015. Using LiDAR to evaluate forest landscapes and health factors and their relationship to habitat of the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel on the Coronado National Forest, Pinaleno Mountains, Arizona [Chap. 12]. In: Potter K. M.; Conkling, B. L. Forest Health Monitoring: National Status, Trends, and Analysis 2014. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-209. Asheville NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. p. 133-142.

    Keywords

    LiDAR, forest landscapes, Mount Graham red squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamenis, spruce-fir forest types

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