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AFSRC Picture of the Week, March 24, 2008
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Salamanders

AFSRC has the research objectives to create management strategies and forage plant communities that expand the spatial and temporal boundaries of forage production; optimize resource utilization in pasture-based livestock production systems; and benefit biological diversity and ecosystem stability for the Appalachian Region. A collaborative study was conducted to determine how red-backed salamanders (woodland salamanders) respond to traditional pasture and silvopasture treatments within the central Appalachian Mountains of southern West Virginia. This picture shows a grouping of red-backed salamanders under one of the study’s cover boards. Details of the study were recently published (Riedel, B. L., K. R. Russell, W. M. Ford, K. P. O’Neill and H. W. Godwin. 2008. Habitat Relationships of Eastern Red-Backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) in Appalachian Agroforestry and Grazing Systems. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 124(3-4):229-236.)

Further information is available from Dr. Katherine P. O’Neill

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