Skip to Main Content
Restoring forest herb communities through landscape-level deer herd reductions: Is recovery limited by legacy effects?Author(s): Alejandro A. Royo; Susan L. Stout; David S. deCalesta; Timothy G. Pierson
Source: Biological Conservation
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
Download Publication (493.0 KB)
Related Research Highlights
Public - Private Cooperation Improves Management of Deer and Forests
DescriptionWhite-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) overbrowsing has altered plant species diversity throughout deciduous forest understories in eastern North America. Here we report on a landscape-level (306 km2) project in Pennsylvania, USA that tracked the herbaceous community response to deer herd reductions. From 2001 to 2007, we estimated deer densities, browse impact on woody seedlings, and censused the herbaceous flora in permanent plots throughout the area. We assessed herb layer species richness, abundance, and dominance and measured three known phytoindicators of deer impact: Trillium spp., Maianthemum canadense, and Medeola virginiana. We predicted that browse-sensitive taxa would increase in abundance, size, and flowering as would overall species diversity following deer culls and browse impact that declined by an order of magnitude by 2007.
- Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
- During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
CitationRoyo, Alejandro A.; Stout, Susan L.; deCalesta, David S.; Pierson, Timothy G. 2010. Restoring forest herb communities through landscape-level deer herd reductions: Is recovery limited by legacy effects?. Biological Conservation. 143(11): 2425-2434. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2010.05.020.
KeywordsOdocoileus virginianus, Trillium, Maianthemum, Medeola, herbivory, herbaceous, recovery
- Community-Level Impacts of Management and Disturbance in Western Michigan Oak Savannas
- Summer Moisture Content of Some Northern Lower Michigan Understory Plants
- Influences of Herbivory and Canopy Opening Size on Forest Regeneration in a Southern Bottomland Hardwood Forest
XML: View XML