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Deer, Invasives, Residual Density, and Forest Regeneration
October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
October 20, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
Chronically overabundant white-tailed deer populations and invasive plant species have made it difficult to regenerate desirable forest tree species throughout much of eastern North America. Dr. Ward will share some recipes for success as well as the possibilities for disaster, when these issues are overlooked.
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey S Ward, Chief Scientist, Connecticut Department of Forestry and Horticulture.
- Describe direct and indirect impacts of invasive thickets and chronic deer browse on forest ecosystems.
- Describe influence of invasive shrub control, deer management, and intensity of harvest prescriptions influence native herbaceous and woody plant communities.
Suggested reading: Ward, J.S., and S.C. Williams. 2020. Influence of deer hunting and residual stand structure on tree regeneration in deciduous forests. Wildlife Society Bulletin 1-12; DOI:10.1002/wsb.1120.