- Hansen, Victoria L.
Master of Science (in Forestry)
The task of managing wildlife habitat is daunting, made so by the number of species and by the myriad of factors that influence habitat usage. That wildlife hold value to humans is indisputable. Therefore it is imperative that resource managers factor the needs of wildlife into their management objectives. A variety of tools have been developed to address this need. Wildlife databases and habitat models are invaluable as managers attempt to consider as many factors as possible when making land use decisions. While such efforts pre-date the introduction of computers into common usage, the use of the personal computer has greatly facilitated the creation and usage of wildlife databases and models.
Richard M. DeGraaf, Mariko Yamasaki, William B. Leak, and John W. Lanier (1992), working for the U. S. Forest Service, created a valuable tool for resource managers in the six state New England region of the United States. New England Wildlife: Management of Forested Habitats presents the relationships between 338 terrestrial vertebrate species and various components of their habitats in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.