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Cerulean Warbler and Associated Species Response to Silvicultural Prescriptions in the Central Appalachian Region


August 2012 - December 2018


Our study expands on the "Cerulean Warbler Management Guidelines for Enhancing Breeding Habitat in Appalachian Hardwood Forests" by studying operational silviculture under a broad set of conditions and harvest types. Four states in the central Appalachians conducted timber harvests that incorporated the recommendations of the guidelines. This project is testing the response of cerulean warbler and associated avian species and will determine if revisions are needed to the guidelines. Partners include the AMJV and state agencies in WV, VA, PA, and KY..

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Nareff, G.E., P.B. Wood, D.J. Brown, T. Fearer, J.L. Larkin, and W.M. Ford. Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) response to operational silviculture in the central Appalachian region. Forest Ecology and Management 448:409-423,


  • Nareff, G.E. 2019. Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) and Associated Species Response to Operational Silviculture in the Central Appalachian Region. PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University, Morgantown. Sept 2019.


  • Wood, P.B. and G. Nareff. Apr 2018. Avian response to implementation of cerulean warbler habitat management guidelines. American Ornithological Society Annual Conference. 11 Apr 2018.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies

  • CRU
  • Penn Game Commission


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey