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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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(p.400) 17 A Pox on our Land
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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America
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Walter P. Carson

Alejandro A. Royo

Chris J. Peterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199837656.003.0017

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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