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    Gypsy moth outbreaks can have drastic effects on many forest resources and uses. Because the gypsy moth prefers oak foliage, oak stands are the most susceptible to defoliation and resultant damage. The value of oak mast for many wildlife species is high. The high carbohydrate content of acorns provides the energy necessary for winter survival. Loss of mast crops due to direct and indirect effects of gypsy moth defoliation may result in large-scale reductions in wildlife habitat and food sources.

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    Gottschalk, Kurt W. 1990. Gypsy moth effects on mast production. In: McGee, Charles E., ed. Proceedings of the workshop: Southern Appalachian mast management; 1989 August 14-16; Knoxville, TN. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee: 42-50.

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