Research maps out trade-offs between deer and timber May 10, 2011 Michigan




Research maps out trade-offs between deer and timber May 10, 2011 Michigan Management EurekAlert (press release)
In a sweeping study of a huge swath of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Michigan State University researchers ...he results of the study, "Gap-, stand- and landscape-scale factors contribute to poor sugar maple regeneration after timber harvest," are published in this month's online edition of the journal Forest Ecology and Management. The study area stretches over some 3,000 square miles of public and private land from Crystal Falls to the west, east and south to Escanaba and north of Marquette. For two years, they examined the harvest gaps left in forests when hardwoods are cut down. "Management paradigms for deer and northern hardwood forests have not only resulted in regeneration failure where deer populations are especially high but also in low tree regeneration diversity where they are not,"

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