Assessing the effectiveness of a forest Habitat Conservation Plan for a threatened seabird, the marbled murrelet

Kristin Brunk, Sal Chinnici, Anna Pidgeon & M. Zachariah Peery
Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) commonly facilitate habitat conservation on private land in the United States, yet the effectiveness of individual HCPs is rarely evaluated. Here, we assess the effectiveness of a high-profile HCP created by a lumber company to protect old-growth forest used for breeding by Marbled Murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus) on private land. We used 17 years of HCP-monitoring data to compare trends in murrelet occupancy and inland counts between private HCP areas and public...
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