What is it about?

Our objective was to assess past and ongoing natural gas development impacts on reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals in the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. We sampled 40 gas well sites and compared amphibian, reptile, and small mammal captures among active producing, plugged (inactive), and storage well types. Total species richness and diversity were greater at storage than plugged gas well sites.

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Why is it important?

Although natural gas development adversely impacts moisture-sensitive woodland salamanders, our results suggest that maintained gas well openings may benefit other herpetofauna and small mammal species that use early successional habitat within predominately forested central Appalachian landscapes.


Full article can be found at USFS Treesearch - http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/34959

Dr Kurt Moseley

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This page is a summary of: Reptile, amphibian, and small mammal species associated with natural gas development in the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia, January 2010, USDA Forest Service, DOI: 10.2737/nrs-rp-10.
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