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Effect of firebreaks on rare insects of M. F. Correllus State Forest, MA

Duration

April 2002 - May 2005

Narrative

Martha's Vineyard is known to have the highest number of rare insect species of any location in Massachusetts, probably due to a lack of insecticide use in the past. We tested several means of expanding firebreaks (cutting, mowing, burning, grazing) to see which techniques are most beneficial to the rare insect species that exist on Martha's Vineyard. We found that a combination of grinding and sheep grazing produces the highest density of scrub oak stems, a requirement of many rare Lepidoptera at the site. These results have broad implications for the management of sandplain Lepidoptera throughout eastern North America.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 247

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 266

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 722

Scientific Publications: 1960

Presentations: 4355

 

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Funding Agencies

  • Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation

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