Cornell Extension will hold two one-hour Forest Connect webinars on Deer, Canopy Cover & Regeneration on January 15th at noon and 7 p.m.
The regeneration of desirable plants in forests is important for the continued services those forests provide to society. Separately or in combination, overabundant white-tail deer and understories dominated by invasive shrubs and other interfering vegetation have been linked to regeneration failures throughout eastern forests.
These webinars, presented by Dr. Jeffrey Ward from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, will begin by examining the interaction of deer browsing and invasive shrubs on the composition and structure of woody regeneration and native plant communities.
A study has found that in areas with invasive shrub thickets, both deer and the invasive species must be controlled. A second study found that for properties where the management goal is to create dense habitat with high species diversity, managers should both encourage hunting to reduce pressure on browse sensitive species and leave as few post-harvest residual trees as possible to maximize growing space for regeneration.
To participate in one of the webinars, you need to register. There is unlimited space for participants, the ID simply provides you the necessary access.
Obtain your registration ID at https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5IRFqn7oSYm5D-Vyqb8-3Q
If prompted for a password use “Cornell”.