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Influence of Mechanical Site Preparation on Deer Forage in the Georgia Piedmont

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Seasonal standing crops of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) forage were compared among five types of mechanical site preparation in a 6-year-old loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) plantation. Treatments were: unharvested control (C); harvest only (H); chainsaw residuals (CR); shear and chop (SC); and shear, rake, burn, and disk (SRBD). Diferences among treatments were compared within species and within forage groups (vines, forbs, grasses, woody). The CR and SC treatments, which consistently produced more forage biomass in all categories, also exhibited average or above-average timber growth relative to the other treatments. South. J. Appl. For. 14(2):77-80.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Zoology and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, AL 36849

Publication date: May 1, 1990

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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