Managing Chinese Privet for White-Tailed Deer
Authors: Stromayer, Karl A. K.; Warren, Robert J.; Harrington, Timothy B.
Source: Southern Journal of Applied Forestry, Volume 22, Number 4, 1 November 1998 , pp. 227-230(4)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract:After cutting forest understory Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) stands to ground level in northwestern Georgia, we assessed privet regrowth production and use by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), 1 yr post-treatment. We then assessed privet browse availability and crude protein (CP) content 2 and 3 growing seasons post-treatment on cut and uncut plots. Privet regrew vigorously and was used heavily by deer the first winter after cutting, but privet browse availability and crude protein content did not differ between cut vs. uncut plots 2 and 3 growing seasons post-treatment. Although our sample sizes were too small to demonstrate an increase in privet browse availability after cutting, this practice may be a sustainable and inexpensive way of maintaining deer forage availability, as privet often grows out of reach of deer. South. J. Appl. For. 22(4):227-230.
Document Type: Journal article
Publication date: 1998-11-01
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