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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Forest densification

A new study out of Penn state claims that lack of fire may be the reason for forest densification and not deer and that browsing by deer has actually slowed the densification problem. They also state that Maples are taking over because they are more shade tolerant. Fodder for the anti HR crowd? Anyway a good read. If I knew how to post it I would.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 06:11 PM
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WHAT ??? a study that contradicts a previous study...who woulda thought !

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https://news.psu.edu/story/585959/20...astern-forests


it says the canopy is getting thicker. must be because the deer cant chew on the branches that are 40 plus feet in the air. sounds like they may have to start selective cutting to open the canopy.
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Thanks for posting bohunr.
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 07:55 PM
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I'm all for empirical science but I believe a lot of these deer and forest studies are misconstrued by the lay public and media due to the infinite complexity and variety of ecosystems. That's not to say they are junk science at all but to try to extrapolate this one tested variable into what it's not is where the science and emotion/politic divide often goes haywire.
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the study is a pretty good read.

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It is an interesting read.

But what changes in forest management and/or deer management are they suggesting?

I didn't really see that in the article.

And for those who follow such things, is there anything really new here? I think most of those ideas have been around for a long time.
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I see a mid level canopy in areas that never had forerst fires but once had way too many deer.
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-10-2019, 11:17 AM
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If there are Ash in the canopy. Won't be long and it will be open.
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It is an interesting read.

But what changes in forest management and/or deer management are they suggesting?

I didn't really see that in the article.

And for those who follow such things, is there anything really new here? I think most of those ideas have been around for a long time.
Must be a pyromaniac. Dismisses deer, doesn't even mention gypsie moth. oak leaf roller, bark beatles or hemlock wooly adelgid. Need a cartoon acorn saying "EAT MORE MAPLE"

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