The Response of Tree Regeneration to Deer Management in Southwestern CT: A 5 Year Update January 4, 2013 Connecticut

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Southwestern CT: A 5 Year Update January 4, 2013 Connecticut, E. Faison. Highstead, Redding, CT 
     The towns of Redding and Ridgefield CT began deer hunting on several town preserves in 2006.  In 2007 Highstead established forest monitoring plots in these preserves and nearby unhunted properties to document any changes to forest understories resulting from deer management.  These plots were resampled for the first time in 2012, and the results are presented here. 
     From 2007 to 2012, tree seedling (≥30 cm<2.5 cm diameter) density increased in both hunted and unhunted properties (Fig. 1), whereas species richness of tree seedlings (the number of different tree seedlings per plot) changed little from 2007 to 2012 in either management category.   [click on image to enlarge, tree density increased more in unhunted properties]

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