Effects of Simulated Deer Browsing on Douglas-Fir Seedlings
Douglas-fir seedlings were planted on four difference microsites in the Tillamook Burn of northwest Oregon and slipped to simulate browsing by deer. Survival of seedlings after one field growing season was significantly greater on a recently disturbed site with relatively sparse vegetative cover than on sites dominated by stands of Vaccinium parvifolium, Rubus parviflorus, and Acer circinatum. Survival was also correlated with the amount of clipping. Height growth of unclipped seedlings was poorest on the more shaded site. Light to moderate browsing during the first winter field season did not adversely affect survival.
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Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Range Scientist, Forest Service, U.S. Dept. Agric., Olympia, Wash.
Publication date: 1966-05-01
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