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Managing Deer Habitat in Loblolly-Shortleaf Pine Forest

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Practical management guidelines permit the forest landowner to improve white-tailed deer habitat in loblolly-shortleaf pine timber stands while maintaining or improving timber production. Deer food, and thus deer herds, can be increased by widely spacing and frequently thinning trees, retaining hardwoods along drainageways, prescribed burning, regulating the size, shape, and distribution of cutting units, establishing and maintaining forest openings, and favoring desirable foot plants.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Staff of the Wildlife Habitat and Silviculture Laboratory. Maintained at Nacogdoches, Texas, by the South, Forest Exp. Sta., USDA Forest Serv., in cooperation with the School of Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University

Publication date: December 1, 1973

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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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