ROCK VOLE

INTRODUCTION 

The rock vole (Microtus chrotorrhinus) is a rare species that usually occurs at higher elevations in coniferous or mixed wood types in BCR 14. It is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in one or more states in BCR 14.

HABITAT NEEDS 

This species usually occurs at higher elevations but has also been found in low-elevation spruce-fir. It needs cool moist rocky woodlands with herbaceous ground cover and flowing water nearby. It feeds primarily on a variety of ground vegetation.

Its territory size and population densities are unreported. Natural history information is incomplete for this species.

HABITAT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES 

Maintain or increase high-elevation and low-elevation spruce-fir types with an herbaceous cover near small flowing streams.

When assessing properties for habitat potential look for soils that will produce the desired coniferous types such as Biddeford, Peacham, Scarboro very stony, Wonsqueak and others.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION