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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America$
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Frank Gilliam

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199837656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199837656.001.0001

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A Pox on our Land

A Pox on our Land

A Case Study of Chronic Deer Overbrowsing throughout the Allegheny National Forest Region of Pennsylvania

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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America

Walter P. Carson

Alejandro A. Royo

Chris J. Peterson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the demise of herbs and shrubs throughout the Allegheny National Forest Region (ANFR) as a consequence of long-term deer mismanagement. It aims to do the following: (1) quantify the deleterious impact that overbrowsing has on both herbs and shrubs focusing entirely on the ANFR; (2) describe how overbrowsing has led to recalcitrant understory layers that are inimical to the recovery of a diverse herb layer (legacy effects); (3) quantify the long-term changes in herb abundance following a tornado that destroyed the canopy of a large old-growth forest, the Tionesta Scenic Area; and (4) report preliminary results of a large-scale study designed to mitigate the impact of overbrowsing and evaluate the potential for the recovery of herbaceous species.

Keywords:   Allegheny National Forest Region, herbs, shrubs, deer mismanagement, overbrowsing, herbaceous species

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