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Creation and Development of Early Successional Habitat and Wildlife Utilization


August 2015 - May 2020


Wildlife species that depend on young forest conditions are declining. This study is examining various methods for creating young forest habitat for early successional dependent species (specifically birds and terrestrial salamanders) to provide land managers with information to optimize their management activities. Partners include West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and Wildlife Management Institute.

Research Products and Activities


  • Margenau, E.L. and P.B. Wood. 2018. Preliminary assessment of bird community responses to young forest management. West Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Conference.
  • Margenau, E., P.B. Wood, D. Brown. Managing for birds and salamanders along forested edges of energy corridors. Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Cleveland, OH, 10 Oct 2018

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 61

Presentations: 116



Funding Agencies

  • West Virginia Division of Natural Resources


West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
  4. West Virginia University
  5. Wildlife Management Institute