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Promoting Hardwood Regeneration: Controlling Deer

Friday, September 20, 2019

Cornell's Arnot Forest

Promoting Hardwood Regeneration: Controlling Deer Impacts and Interfering Vegetation
Date – Friday September 20, 2019- 8:30am-5:00pm.
Audience – Foresters, loggers, woodlot owners, agency personnel and conservation organizations.
Objectives –

(1) Understand different mechanical and chemical methods to control interfering vegetation, especially disease-prone American beech

(2) Discuss options for control of American beech that are proximate to “clean beech”.

(3) Review costs and logistics for construction of deer exclusion (i.e., mesh fence and slash walls), and their modification to growth of interfering vegetation

(4) Assess 3 seasons of growth response of tree seedlings protected by slash walls following mechanical-only treatment of competing vegetation.

Please bring your own lunch to the workshop. The workshop will be held rain or shine (please dress for the weather) at the Cornell University’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, 611 County Road 13, Van Etten, NY 14889 (Schuyler County)

Please contact Brett Chedzoy, or call 607.742.3657 with any questions.


· Brett Chedzoy, CCE Schuyler County

· Paul Curtis, Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources

· Peter Smallidge, Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources

· Chris Tcimpidis, Bevan Forestry, private forestry consultant

Overview – This workshop will help participants understand the management practices designed for successful forest regeneration, especially control of the interaction of deer and interfering vegetation. Most interfering vegetation is beech, but examples of other native subcanopy trees and invasive shrubs exist. The emphasis of the workshop will be on visualizing the effectiveness of conventional and experimental treatments, with in-field discussion by instructors with participants about costs, effectiveness, and management strategies.

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