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Learn and Discuss: Forest Health and Deer Management
Monday, September 8
Howe Library, Hanover
Sponsored by the Hanover Conservation Commission and its Biodiversity Committee and co-sponsors Upper Valley Land Trust and Hanover Conservancy

Choose the session that works for you:
3:30-5:30pm – Discussion for Upper Valley forest landowners, stewards, and foresters
7:00-9:00pm – Forum for residents of the Upper Valley

Deer play a critical role in forest health. Neighboring states report problems with degraded forests as deer browse suppresses tree regeneration and damages the understory, resulting in loss of biodiversity and increased advance by invasive plants. As NH and VT are beginning to see such trouble, it is time to take a closer look and consider how to prevent a growing imbalance here in the Upper Valley. There are lessons for us from Cornell Plantations in upstate New York. Todd Bittner will share experiences, insights, and outcomes from their urban and rural deer management experiments. Join us to discuss how to assess levels of deer browse and use existing hunting rules to help maintain or restore a healthy forest.

Expert Panel:

  • Todd Bittner, Director of Natural Areas, Cornell Plantations of Cornell University
  • Tom Rawinski, Botanist, US Forest Service
  • Staff representing NH and VT Forest and Wildlife agencies

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