Relation to Humans
The flatwoods salamander is a species with a relatively restricted range and specific habitat requirements. The longleaf pine communities, which were once the dominant upland habitat type in the coastal plain from North Carolina to east Texas, have declined by more than 50% since presettlement times. Silvicultural practices have driven this habitat destruction resulting in the fragmentation of the remaining flatwoods salamander populations and potentially other species dependent on these communities. Thus, the species provides an example where reevaluating the impact economic forestry practices may have on species may be warranted.
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