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ForestConnect: Deer, Canopy Cover and Regeneration
Deer, Canopy Cover and Regeneration
The regeneration of desirable plants in forests is important for the continued services those forests provide to society. Separately or in combination, overabundant white-tail deer and understories dominated by invasive shrubs and other interfering vegetation have been linked to regeneration failures throughout eastern forests.

This webinar will begin by examining the interaction of deer browsing and invasive shrubs on the composition and structure of woody regeneration and native plant communities. We have found that in areas with invasive shrub thickets, both deer and the invasive species must be controlled. A second study found that for properties where the management goal is to create dense habitat with high species diversity, managers should both encourage hunting to reduce pressure on browse sensitive species and leave as few post-harvest residual trees as possible to maximize growing space for regeneration. Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Ward, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. http://www.ct.gov/caes/Jeffrey_Ward
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