LI Yuehui, WU Wen, XIONG Zaiping, HU Yuanman, CHANG Yu, XIAO Duning. Effects of Forest Roads on Habitat Pattern for Sables in Da Hinggan Mountains, Northeasten China[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2014, (5): 587-598. doi: 10.1007/s11769-014-0674-5
Citation: LI Yuehui, WU Wen, XIONG Zaiping, HU Yuanman, CHANG Yu, XIAO Duning. Effects of Forest Roads on Habitat Pattern for Sables in Da Hinggan Mountains, Northeasten China[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2014, (5): 587-598. doi: 10.1007/s11769-014-0674-5

Effects of Forest Roads on Habitat Pattern for Sables in Da Hinggan Mountains, Northeasten China

doi: 10.1007/s11769-014-0674-5
Funds:  Under the auspices of National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41271201, 31070422, 41201185)
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  • Corresponding author: LI Yuehui
  • Received Date: 2013-01-31
  • Rev Recd Date: 2013-05-28
  • Publish Date: 2014-07-27
  • The anthropogenic managements of forest have created a network of roads resulting in the loss and alternation of habitat. To better understand road's impact on animal habitats, we assessed the habitat pattern of sables (Martes zibellina), one of rodents within national first-class protected species, when roads are considered in Huzhong area in Da Hinggan Mountains, northeastern China. Employing published literatures about behavior ecology, aerial photographs and forest stand maps, we classified the study area into three habitat types including best-suitable, suitable and unsuitable habitats based on sable habitat requirements at the landscape scale including four variables derived from forest source map with attribute database. Results indicated the loss and significant fragmentation of best-suitable habitat and home range habitat when roads, especially 150 m avoidance distance of roads, were considered. The roads reduced and fragmented highly suitable habitats more significantly during earlier development period than the later development period. Additionally, the suitable area percentage increased with increasing distance to roads. This study helped to identify the suitable area for sables and location of sable population . Also, this study suggested the passage construction and road management involving road closure and removal will reduce the fragmentation functionally and benefit the sable population.
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Effects of Forest Roads on Habitat Pattern for Sables in Da Hinggan Mountains, Northeasten China

doi: 10.1007/s11769-014-0674-5
Funds:  Under the auspices of National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41271201, 31070422, 41201185)
    Corresponding author: LI Yuehui

Abstract: The anthropogenic managements of forest have created a network of roads resulting in the loss and alternation of habitat. To better understand road's impact on animal habitats, we assessed the habitat pattern of sables (Martes zibellina), one of rodents within national first-class protected species, when roads are considered in Huzhong area in Da Hinggan Mountains, northeastern China. Employing published literatures about behavior ecology, aerial photographs and forest stand maps, we classified the study area into three habitat types including best-suitable, suitable and unsuitable habitats based on sable habitat requirements at the landscape scale including four variables derived from forest source map with attribute database. Results indicated the loss and significant fragmentation of best-suitable habitat and home range habitat when roads, especially 150 m avoidance distance of roads, were considered. The roads reduced and fragmented highly suitable habitats more significantly during earlier development period than the later development period. Additionally, the suitable area percentage increased with increasing distance to roads. This study helped to identify the suitable area for sables and location of sable population . Also, this study suggested the passage construction and road management involving road closure and removal will reduce the fragmentation functionally and benefit the sable population.

LI Yuehui, WU Wen, XIONG Zaiping, HU Yuanman, CHANG Yu, XIAO Duning. Effects of Forest Roads on Habitat Pattern for Sables in Da Hinggan Mountains, Northeasten China[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2014, (5): 587-598. doi: 10.1007/s11769-014-0674-5
Citation: LI Yuehui, WU Wen, XIONG Zaiping, HU Yuanman, CHANG Yu, XIAO Duning. Effects of Forest Roads on Habitat Pattern for Sables in Da Hinggan Mountains, Northeasten China[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2014, (5): 587-598. doi: 10.1007/s11769-014-0674-5
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