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impact of deer on forest vegetation in Pennsylvania
David A Marquis
|Statement||by David A. Marquis and Ronnie Brenneman|
|Series||General technical report NE -- 65|
|Contributions||Brenneman, Ronnie, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station (Radnor, Pa.)|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||7 p. ;|
One of the biggest threats to the eastern forest also happens to be one of its most charismatic creatures: the white-tailed deer. Recently, a group of Conservancy scientists and land managers called over-abundant deer a bigger threat to forests than climate change.. The white-tailed deer is arguably the most studied wild animal in the world, but this is more than a . under mature forest canopies (Marquis and others ). Stout ). Careful planning of the intensity, timing, and Severely impacted forest ecosystems are devoid of most location of timber harvest areas may allow managers to understory plants that are palatable to deer and may exhibit draw deer away from forested understories while. AVID is a project to Assess the Vegetation for Impacts from Deer. Plants are monitored each year to evaluate the impact of deer browsing. AVID is a method for volunteers, foresters, landowners and others to measure the effect of deer browse on New York forests.
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Get this from a library. The impact of deer on forest vegetation in Pennsylvania. [David A Marquis; Ronnie Brenneman; United States. Department of Agriculture.; Northeastern Forest Experiment Station (Radnor, Pa.)].
Full text of "Impact of Deer on Forest Vegetation in Pennsylvania" See other formats 6,^. /KltL - fc.^ yForest Service General Technical Report NE The Impact of Deer on Forest Vegetation in Pennsylvania by David A.
Marquis and Ronnie Brenneman GOVT. Just as forest habitat can affect deer, deer can affect forests. Negative impacts of deer on forests in Pennsylvania have a long history, dating back to the early s.
High deer populations can degrade vegetation communities and habitat for other wildlife species. Impacts of Deer on Pennsylvania's State Forests. The Pennsylvania State Forest system is the largest tract of green certified forest in North America.
The Bureau of Forestry says an unsustainable deer population has put state forests in jeopardy. Title: Impacts of White-Tailed Deer on Forest Regeneration in Northwestern Pennsylvania Created Date: Z. IMPACTS OF WHITE-TAILED DEER ON FOREST REGENERATION IN NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA NANCY G.
TILGHMAN, U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, BoxWarren, PA Abstract: Browsing by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is a major cause of regeneration failure in Allegheny hardwood forests of northwestern Size: 1MB.
Chapter 5. The Role of White-tailed Deer in Altering Forest Structure in Pennsylvania To predict the effects of management actions on maintaining or restoring ecosystem structures and processes in Pennsylvania, it is necessary to have a hypothesis (or hypotheses) of the impact of white-tailed deer on forest structure.
Forests provide food and cover for deer and a variety of other wildlife. As a primary consumer of forest plants, deer can impact the quality of their habitat and the habitat of many other wildlife species. Because of the strong link between deer and the forests they inhabit, deer management must consider interactions between deer and forests.
Browsing by deer can alter the structure of forest vegetation, species composi-tion, and forest regeneration. Density of understory vegetation and recruitment of hemlock-hardwood seedlings decreased after 20 years of heavy browsing by deer in northwestern Pennsylvania (Hough ).
Signiﬁcant differences in the den. may have indirect effects on vegetation development through plant–plant interactions and on wildlife habitat quality for small mammals, birds, and deer. Managing these impacts is important as pressures to harvest and fragment eastern forests accelerate.
Key words: herbivory; management; northern hardwood forest; plant–herbivore interactions. browsing, deer can still have a high impact on the forest even with relatively few deer per square mile. In many parts of Pennsylvania, deer numbers have exceeded what the habitat can support for decades.
In fact, many residents of the state have never seen a healthy forest understory, void of the negative impacts of deer overabundance. Impacts of White-Tailed Deer on the Ecology of Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania's white-tailed deer population, once decimated, is now over-abundant and damaging forest ecology by destroying tree and native wildflower species and habitat for wildlife.
Deer also have significant negative effects on understorey plants, including wild lily‐of‐the‐valley (Maianthemum canadense) and white‐flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum). Long‐term studies of primary, old‐growth forest stands reveal a 48–81 per cent herb and shrub species loss accompanying increases in deer by: The overwinter deer density that Pennsylvania forests could support without adversely affecting tree regeneration declined, statewide, from 23 to 21 deer/ ha (1 mi.
2) of forest. AVID is a project to Assess Vegetation for Impacts from Deer. Plants are monitored each year to evaluate the impact of deer browsing. AVID is a method for volunteers, foresters, landowners and others to measure the effect of deer browse on New York forests.
Vegetation monitoring will: Document forest conditions in the study areas at the beginning of the project, Identify changes over time in the species composition, abundance, size and distribution of vegetation in the study areas, Evaluate existing, and potentially develop new, vegetation-based measures of deer impact on vegetation, and.
Appendix H: Economic Impacts of Deer on Forests Description of Resource. Some research has been conducted on the effects that the white-tailed deer can have on forest vegetation. Very little research has been conducted or survey information collected concerning the economic impacts to the forest landowner.
There is strong evidence that the expansion of understory fern in forests across Pennsylvania results from deer overbrowsing, which removes plants that would normally compete with ferns.
Forests with a dense fern carpet are the result of high deer impact over many years. Research has shown that fern density increases as deer impact increases. In book: Managing Oak Forests in the Eastern United States, Chapter: Managing deer impacts on oak forests, Publisher: CRC Press, Editors: Patrick D.
Prior to European settlement, deer abundance in Pennsylvania is estimated to have averaged about 12 deer per square mile. Over the past 35 years, average deer abundance in PA has been nearly three times that high. The primary impacts of deer over-browsing on forests include changes in species abundance, composition, and growth.
baceous vegetation in forest lands. The challenge is to sustain directed management of deer density and interfering vege-tation until these factors are controlled to the point where they no longer negatively impact the diversity of forest resources. Introduction from the four-county area encompassing the ANT.
white-tailed deer on the State Forest lands has a profound impact on many aspects of the stewardship of these lands. In fact, deer management impacts the ability of this agency to accomplish our core mission: to manage the state forests as a sustainable resource for the citizens of the state, both now and for future generations.
Pennsylvania forests face many challenges - invasive plants, insect outbreaks, soil acidity, tree diseases, and even deer. This study is being conducted to better understand the role of deer in the context of all these challenges and to help Pennsylvania’s forest and wildlife managers better manage deer and the forest.
The Deer-Forest Blog. Deer can have a substantial impact on woodland vegetation, and play a significant role in woodland ecosystem function. In the absence of control, deer populations can rise to very high densities due to lack of predators and to the regular provision of ideal habitats through felling and planting in woodlands.
White-tailed deer impact on vegetation dynamics of northern hardwood forest. Ecological Applications Kirschbaum, C.D. and Anacker, B.L., The utility of Trillium and Maianthemum as phyto-indicators of deer impact in northwestern Pennsylvania, USA. Forest Ecology and Management, (1), pp While most published research on deer impacts focuses on trees, understory herbs comprise most of the vascular plant diversity in temperate and boreal forests.
For example, the northern mesic forests in our study area have 27 native tree species, and at least vascular herbaceous plants (Curtis, ).Cited by: review of deer population management in Pennsylvania, DCNR’s role in deer management, and DCNR’s deer initiatives to meet our goals To ensure steady progress toward maintaining a balanced white-tailed deer herd on State Forest land, every 5 years Bureau of Forestry staff will review the status of the white-tailed deer Size: 1MB.
Considerable controversy has arisen over the management of white‐tailed deer in eastern landscapes where there is evidence of damage to forest vegetation, crops, and wildlife habitat attributable to deer.
We examined the impact of 4, 8, 15, and 25 deer/km 2 on herbaceous layer abundance and tree seedling density, height development, species Cited by: A native plant is one which occurred within this region before colonization by Europeans.
Native plants include: There are approximately 2, native plants in Pennsylvania. An introduced or non-native plant is one that has been brought into the state to become established in the wild. At the turn of the 21st century, about 1, species of non. Pennsylvania forests face many challenges - invasive plants, insect outbreaks, soil acidity, tree diseases, and even deer.
This study is being conducted to better understand the role of deer in the context of all these challenges and to help Pennsylvania’s forest and wildlife managers better manage deer and the forest.
How Deer Impact PA Forests Dr. Walter Carson of the University of Pittsburgh demonstrates that white-tailed deer are preventing Pennsylvania forests from regenerating. Old-Growth Forests. The impact of deer on woodlands: the effects of browsing and seed dispersal on vegetation structure and composition.
Fuller R.J. & Gill, R.M.A. (Eds) Special Issue, Forestry 74 Gill, R.M.A. & Fuller, R.J. The effects of deer browsing on woodland structure and songbirds in lowland Britain Ibis U.S. Forest Service researchers have noted that even if areas with high deer densities were managed to reduce the impact of deer, there may be long-lasting legacy effects (Royo ).
Webster () found severe and lasting impacts at Smoky Mountain National Park to be so complete that some plants such as trilliums were unlikely to recolonize. Conservation of Pennsylvania’s Natural Resources.
More t species of known organisms -- white-tailed deer, ladyslippers, rainbow trout, slugs, eastern hemlocks, black bears, timber rattlesnakes, red-tailed hawks, and many more -- are found in Pennsylvania. How we use energy is determining our environmental future.
We assessed the effects of deer on forest understory vegetation in the park using exclosures and control plots and estimated the size of the deer population in the park using infrared digital game cameras.
There were almost no changes in forest understory vegetation during the first four years after the exclosures were established. Pennsylvania’s forests are maturing; harvesting should lead to renewal. Preharvest assessment of advanced regeneration and potential problems will minimize the possibility of regeneration failure.
Deer are having a major impact on forest regeneration. Pennsylvania forests lack advanced regeneration of desirable species. Although the immediate impacts of elevated deer (Odocoileus spp.) browsing on forest regeneration have been well documented, few studies have examined the longer term consequences.A deer exclosure experiment was initiated in in an old-growth northern mixed mesic forest in northeastern Minnesota, and resampled in to examine changes in Cited by: The Pennsylvania State University The Graduate School Department of Ecosystem Science and Management SHAPING PENNSYLVANIA’S FORESTS: EFFECTS OF WHITE-TAILED DEER, SOIL CHEMISTRY, AND COMPETING VEGETATION ON OAK-HICKORY FOREST UNDERSTORY PLANT COMMUNITY COMPOSITION A Dissertation in Wildlife and Fisheries Author: Danielle Rae Begley-Miller.
Studies examining the interacting effects of ungulate herbivore pressure and site productivity on vegetation are mostly on grassland–grazing systems and have shown conflicting patterns. Here we examine the effects of deer density (>30 years differences in density between two landowners), site productivity (site index, SI) and stand age on subcanopy vegetation Cited by: Read "Impact of deer on temperate forest vegetation and woody debris as protection of forest regeneration against browsing, Forest Ecology and Management" on DeepDyve, the largest online rental service for scholarly research with thousands of academic publications available at your fingertips.
White-tailed deer can have significant effects on forest health, species composition, and economic development. Because deer are herbivores, they dedicate a considerable amount of time to foraging, which can lead to several negative impacts when the population is unbalanced: Ecological Impacts • Deer may browse herbaceous plants, shrubs, and.
Most residents in NY State have opinions about deer, some positive, some negative, and few that are neutral. Whether our stakeholders are land managers, hunters, gardeners, or environmental conservationists, the impact of deer on our local landscape is undeniable.
Yet, surprisingly, there is less quantitative data on the impacts of deer on plant .The clear-cutting of the state's forests between the s and s created the perfect habitat for white-tailed deer, which fed on the ground plants and seedlings that took root in the sunlight.
With their natural predators eliminated and hunting restricted by the state, Pennsylvania's deer population exploded and devastated the state's forests.