Drastic Deer Damage Requires Drastic Deer Reduction – From NY Times

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Land managers are aware of the catastrophic impact of super-abundant deer on tree regeneration and the loss of biodiversity in the metropolitan New York region’s herbaceous forest wildflowers. Now another phenomenon, the loss of the woody shrub layer, has reached a critical stage across most of the region (outside the New Jersey Pine Barrens). Above-ground stems of native forest shrubs are relatively short-lived compared with the life span of the rootstock. Vigorous new shoots replace older, senescent stems on a regular basis.

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