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Conserving small natural features with large ecological roles: A synthetic overview

Hunter, Malcolm L. ; Acuña, Vicenç ; Bauer, Dana Marie ; Bell, Kathleen P. ; Calhoun, Aram J. K. ; Felipe-Lucia, María R. ; Fitzsimons, James A. ; González, Eduardo ; Kinnison, Michael ; Lindenmayer, David ; Lundquist, Carolyn J. ; Medellin, Rodrigo A. ; Nelson, Erik J. ; Poschlod, Peter


Small Natural Features (SNFs) are analogous to keystone species in that they have ecological importance that is disproportionate to their size. Thus the recognition and management of SNFs can be an efficient way to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. In particular, while the size of SNFs can engender threats (e.g., they are often overlooked and are relatively vulnerable to complete ...


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