Milo G. Burcham

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School of Forestry, University of Montana

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This is a report about elk in managed forest environments. In a sense, this project began in 1971 when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) joined the Montana Cooperative Elk-Logging Study (MCELS). The MCELS was initiated in 1970 by formal agreement between the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station and Region One of the U.S. Forest Service, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and The University of Montana School of Forestry (Lyon 1971). BN Timberlands (now Plum Creek Timber Company) participated informally after 1974. The MCELS arose in response to the controversy over clear-cut logging, with an overall objective to determine "the influence of logging and road construction, together and individually, on behavior, movement, harvesting and survival of Rocky Mountain elk in Montana" (Lyon 1971:451). The BLM's Chamberlain Creek Elk-Logging Study (CCELS) was one of eight principal studies designed and initiated under the MCELS (Lyon 1980).


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