Use of 3 highway ROW cover crops: Crownvetch, (Coronilla varia) sericea lespedeza, (Lespedeza cuneata) and K-31 fescue, (Festuca sp.) were evaluated to determine use by various groups of wildlife. Data were collected on 3 groups of wildlife; small mammals, songbirds, and game animals. Mowed and unmowed sericea and fescue were examined to determine how mowing of ROW vegetation affects songbird use. Data were collected from October 1977 through July 1979 along I-79 and U.S. 48, in north-central West Virginia. Significant differences were not found for small mammal captures, indicating they do not prefer one ROW cover crop over the others. Songbirds generally preferred sericea as indicated by greater numbers of species and individuals being recorded. There was a difference in number of specific species which utilized each plot. Deer preferred crownvetch while rabbits preferred sericea. Data on other game species were too few to evaluate relative use. Mowing ROW increased use of sericea but decreased use of fescue. Management implications of these findings are discussed and recommendations are given on establishing objectives for management of highway ROW. (FHWA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    West Virginia University, Morgantown

    Division of Forestry
    Morgantown, WV  United States  26506

    West Virginia Department of Highways

    1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
    Charleston, WV  United States  25305
  • Authors:
    • Michael, E D
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

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  • Accession Number: 00322714
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/WV-80/004 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: WVU No. 77-257
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM