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Title: Influences of Herbivory and Canopy Opening Size on Forest Regeneration in a Southern Bottomland Hardwood Forest

Examination of the effects on white-tail deer browsing and canopy opening size on relative abundance and diversity of woody and herbaceous regeneration in various sized forest openings in a Southern bottomland hardwood forest over three growing seasons (1995-1997). Herbaceous richness, diversity or evenness did not differ among exclosure types in any year of the study. Overall browsing rates on both woody and herbaceous vegetation were low throughout all the three years of the study. Low browsing rates reflect seasonal changes in habitat use by deer. Other factors may have influenced the initial vegetative response more than herbivory or gap size.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
807946
DOE Contract Number:
AI09-00SR22188
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Forest Ecology and Management; Journal Volume: 131; Other Information: PBD: 6 Jul 1999
Research Org:
USDA Forest Service, Savannah River, New Ellenton, SC (US)
Sponsoring Org:
(US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ABUNDANCE; DEER; FORESTS; HABITAT; TREES; REVEGETATION; CANOPIES; HERBS; SOUTH CAROLINA WHITE-TAILED DEER; HERBIVORY; GROUP SELECTION; BOTTOMLAND HARDWOODS; REGENERATION; SOUTH CAROLINA; ODOCOILEUS VIRGINIANUS; CANOPY OPENING SIZE; BROWSING; GAP SIZE