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Growth and Development of Deer-Browsed Sugar Maple Seedlings

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The growth and development of individual sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.) seedlings in fenced and unfenced quadrats beneath a partially cut stand were measured over a 5-year period. The effect of severe winter browsing on seedlings growing in environments favoring vigorous height growth was silviculturally insignificant. After 5 years, the dominant seedlings in the unfenced quadrats were 1.6 feet shorter because of the amount of leader browsed, but the rate of height growth and seedling density were unaffected; and the minimum stocking above deer reach was 5,000 seedlings per acre. Also, forks and the associated crook and sweep tended to correct naturally. Reasons are suggested for the reports elsewhere of adverse effects of browsing on sugar maple.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Silviculturist, North Central Forest Exp. Sta., Forest Service, U.S. Dep. Agr., headquartered at the Station's Northern Hardwoods Lab., Marquette, Mich.

Publication date: 1969-12-01

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