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dc.contributor.authorBosshard, Michaelaen_US
dc.contributor.authorFazi, Josephen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcAndrew, Lauraen_US
dc.contributor.authorTurner, Beccaen_US
dc.coverage.spatialUMBS Burn Plotsen_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-06-14T23:31:56Z
dc.date.available2007-06-14T23:31:56Z
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/55045
dc.description.abstractDeer populations have increased in the past thirty years. Increased herbivory has been suspected to impact plant growth and forest regeneration. Examining the impact of deer browsing is an important component of making decisions regarding forest management. We hypothesized that white-tailed deer browsing impacts forest composition, predicting that browsing will create a significant difference in the diameter and abundance of trees, saplings, and woody ground cover species. Our study sites were located on UMBS property in the forests of northern, lower Michigan. We surveyed the count, species, and browse status of woody plants in two study sites containing two parts, one fenced to reduce exposure to deer browsing, the other unfenced. We also conducted a carbon to nitrogen analysis on all woody plant species encountered. In the burn site, we found a significant difference in the diameters of big tooth aspen between the fenced and unfenced areas. In the unburned site, we found significant differences in ground cover composition between the fenced and unfenced areas. We suggest that similar studies be conducted in the future to further investigate the impact of deer browsing on forest communities, in order to protect the regeneration of our forests and to guide decisions about deer population control.en_US
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dc.relation.haspartDiagram or Illustrationen_US
dc.relation.haspartGraphen_US
dc.relation.haspartMapen_US
dc.relation.haspartTable of Numbersen_US
dc.subjectGeneral Ecologyen_US
dc.subject.classificationAspenen_US
dc.subject.otherMAMMALSen_US
dc.subject.otherVERTEBRATESen_US
dc.subject.otherDEERen_US
dc.subject.otherHERBIVORYen_US
dc.subject.otherFORESTen_US
dc.subject.otherTREESen_US
dc.subject.otherCOMMUNITYen_US
dc.subject.otherCOMPOSITIONen_US
dc.titleEffects of browsing preferences in White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).en_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevelNatural Resource and Environmenten_US
dc.subject.hlbtoplevelScienceen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumBiological Station, University of Michiganen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampusAnn Arboren_US
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dc.owningcollnameBiological Station, University of Michigan (UMBS)


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