In a 2011 paper, researchers examined the short-term consequences of mechanical thinning for forest animal abundance and diversity by summarizing the results of 33 studies from throughout the continent.
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Verschuyl, J., S. Riffell, D. Miller, andT. Bently Wigley. 2011. Biodiversityresponse to intensive biomassproduction from forest thinning in North American forests - Ameta-analysis. Forest Ecology and Management261:221-232.