Deer damage to forest regeneration is widespread across New York State. Landowners need simple and reliable methods to assess browsing damage in forest stands and decide if deer management is warranted.
Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold two one-hour Forest Connect Deer Damage to Forest Regeneration: Using AVID to Assess the Impacts webinars on June 15th at noon and 7 pm
These webinars presented by Dr. Paul Curtis from Cornell will discuss how working with staff from NYSDEC and SUNY-ESF, Cornell has developed the AVID protocol (Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer).
In stands with adequate light, where tree regeneration would be expected, plots with tagged seedlings are established and measured annually to evaluate seedling growth rates by tree species. Our research has shown that if tree seedling height growth is <10% per year, that is an indicator that deer may be inhibiting successful forest regeneration.
We encourage landowners to evaluate deer impacts on their property and contribute data to the statewide AVID database.
To register for one of these webinars, obtain your registration ID via: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5IRFqn7oSYm5D-Vyqb8-3Q
If prompted for a password use “Cornell