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Record, Reporter From Page One Wednesday, March 14, 2001 6C more than three g the plight of deer herds, Dave the time has recognize that all species--and their to sus- complete forest Nature so intricately from the tradi- of Fish and Vlldlife management at all, says Smith, y Saturday became the recipient of the Club award as the wildlife officer of g this week, to what he hopes | Successful contribu- societal understand- only favored, such as deer, or Pacific fishers 'apparent habitats for protection is a me 30 years to realization," said well known among as a relentless in search of answers wildlife popula- .uding deer, spotted and a host of like neo-tropical the wildlife world to a species or ecosystem we like said. very dangerous. We Working teams and committees for cer- But, who's taking rest of them?" he is simple and, to what he 1A," undeniable: ecosystem must be function as it was to function. If over group of animals or they all suf- Points to an often forest species, the as a classic exam- was the last time you )ine in a forest he asks :time. " / )n? Human activi- L a s fire suppression, [* rub timber manage- I actices and grazing ' }Znbined to thicken point where very reaches the for- to grow weeds and Porcupines eat and shrubs in arid summer and then such as tree winter. guess what," says porcupine is one favorite foods." do we do?" he asks. "We single out for protection and it is seen in of timber, we need heavily treed fishers. What's the eat?" Who have spent much Smith know he feelings that pre- from maintaining in north states a major factor in the fall of large num- includ- a truly healthy for- of Swiss cheese-- representing open Upporting certain wildlife and the representing tree stands. In his the holes and solid change places of fire. Part of the forest is represented and ets its turn," said 250 to 300 species of occupy northern natural wildlands, exist with- layer of an forest's herbaceous startup 'shrubs after a fire or disturbance such don't need a Plant directly, they need other wildlife that do need that it is something of implification, the rule of the every living thing existence back to and that forest life one of three cate- producers, Consumers and sec- Examples of the three would be a weedy plant that, in turn, is eaten by a deer mouse that, in turn, is eaten by an owl. Like a multi.storied building that's expected to stand with its first few floors removed, the forest cannot keep its gen- erous complement of wildlife without a continuously evolv- ing set of habitats. "Before modern man brought significant changes to our forests, these northern habitats were mosaic land- scapes that included stands of large-diameter trees separated by areas of grasses, shrubs and smaller trees," Smith said. Studies have shown that fire was a frequent visitor to most forests, selectively creating fingers of open area, bypassing stands of mature trees and always providing the perfect mix of habitats and animals, the biologist said. "Many plant species, espe- cially shrubs, absolutely need fire to reproduce. It was through historic fire patterns that the forests were regularly thinned and rearranged so that all the stages of forest life was present at all times," he said. dii,._ ~oto ~ Sha~ ~kxrow Chester's Joan DIeM made the top 20 In both the Slalom and the Giant Slalom races at the state championships. Smith said because of fire suppression, forests have now reached a stage of fuel buildup that makes "friendly, creeping fires" that restore forest health less likely to occur and large, !!i lamll~ hot fires that open too much area at once more likely to occur. 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