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Location: Franklin County
2009 DCNR Doc On Forest Management
57 pages of information on the current direction DCNR plans on going in regard to forests and deer.
<a href="http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ucmprd2/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_003728.pdf" target="_blank">Preface
This document summarizes a scientific
peer review of three recently completed
research studies commissioned by Dan
Devlin, the State Forester of Pennsylvania,
addressing issues pertinent to effects of whitetailed
deer in forest ecosystems in the
Benner, J. Merlin. 2007. Browsing and
regeneration monitoring report for
Pennsylvania’s state forests, 2007.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation
and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry.
deCalesta, David S. 2008. Deer density and
impact [on the Kinzua Quality Deer
Cooperative Area]. U.S.D.A. Forest Service,
Northeastern Research Station, Forestry
Sciences Laboratory. 27 pp.
Diefenbach, Duane R. and Richard S. Fritsky.
2007. Developing and testing a rapid
assessment protocol for monitoring
vegetation changes on state forest lands.U.S. Geological Survey, Cooperative Fish
and Wildlife Research Unit, Pennsylvania
State University. 47 pp.
A team of peer review organizers led by
Roy Brubaker (Forest Resources Planner,
D.C.N.R. Bureau of Forestry) circulated the
manuscripts to ten reviewers, a mix of wildlife
biologists and forest ecologists including
academic researchers, government agency
biologists, and consultants from Pennsylvania,
Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, and Wisconsin
The reviewers were asked to submit
written comments consisting of:
• a critique of the methods and conclusions of
each research effort, and
• recommendations on how the Bureau of
Forestry should move forward, both in the
short and long term, to achieve the greatest
benefit in fulfilling D.C.N.R.’s commitment
to ecosystem management, including:
° suggested improvements in data collecting
approaches and methods, and
° advice on managing the state forests from
an ecosystem perspective, focusing on
deer effects but considering all pertinent
forest ecosystem factors.
Reviewers’ comments were compiled and
summarized by theme, with the authorship of
individual contributions kept anonymous.
Summaries of critiques and recommendations
were then distributed to the reviewers and
Eight of the reviewers met in conference
on 6 May 2008, with Roy Brubaker acting as
facilitator, assisted by Sara Nicholas (Policy
Specialist, D.C.N.R. Office of Policy and
The meeting began with short
presentations by the three principal research
investigators followed by a discussion among
the reviewers, researchers, and organizers.
State Forester Devlin addressed the group,
outlining the background of D.C.N.R.’s
interest in effects of high deer density on the
Commonwealth’s forests and recapping his
directive to the conferees. He requested
practical recommendations on how the agency
can enhance its ability to make informed
management decisions, in particular, about
where the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s
Deer Management Assistance Program
(DMAP) should be targeted.
A lengthy roundtable discussion followed
the researchers’ departure. At the end of the
group discussion, State Forester Devlin
departed and the conferees split into two
breakout sessions to discuss forest ecosystem
and deer management issues separately. The
meeting concluded with a wrap-up discussion
among the entire group of the two smaller
Earlier versions of this document were
circulated to all participants. Most contributed
comments and suggested revisions, which are
reflected in the present document.</a>
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