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Deadwood in the Suburban Landscape: Resident preferences for woody debris management in suburban woodlands and woodland edges in Southern Ontario

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Title: Deadwood in the Suburban Landscape: Resident preferences for woody debris management in suburban woodlands and woodland edges in Southern Ontario
Author: Collins, Natasha
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Corry, Robert
Abstract: Deadwood or woody debris is a key element for biodiversity and ecosystem productivity; offering habitat and improving soil health. It is removed by residents and forest managers due to negative preferences for it, leading to a reduction in forest biodiversity. Introducing deadwood into suburban woodland edges and woodlands offers a chance to improve forest ecosystems adjacent to urban sprawl development in Southern Ontario. A photographic questionnaire completed by residents living on or near suburban edges was used to evaluate if different forms of deadwood at a high or low quantity produced unique preferences based on its location within a suburban woodland edge or a woodland. Results suggest deadwood adding cohesion due to size and arrangement are preferred. This suggests that retention of cohesive pieces of deadwood is a preferred way to integrate deadwood into the suburban landscape.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8877
Date: 2015-05
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