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Influence of White-Tailed Deer on the Logged Northern Hardwood Forest

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Two deer exclosures erected in a mature northern hardwood forest type in the central Adirondack Mountains have been evaluated since 1939. In 1955 one of these exclosures was logged and vegetation sampled annually there-after. Differences in vegetation were visually noticeable at the end of the first growing season. Data collected from samples could not demonstrate these differences to be significant from a management viewpoint. A modified sampling plan was inaugurated in 1963 which provided data that substantiated the visual impression. An analysis of stems 3 feet and over in height showed the white-tailed deer to be a limiting factor in the height growth of many hardwood tree species and woody shrubs.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Associate, Archer and Anna Huntington Wildlife Forest Station, State University College of Forestry, Newcomb, N. Y.

Publication date: December 1, 1966

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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