MSAF  
Home

 

 

 


Forests & Whitetails - Striving for Balance

9-10 June, 2005
St. Ignace, Little Bear Conference Center

About 200 foresters, wildlife biologists, other natural resource managers, and interested folks attended this conference addressing the impacts, challenges, and possibilities of deer populations on forest resources. The conference presented 14 papers highlighting various issues of deer overabundance. Top researchers and managers from across eastern North America spoke about ongoing and current projects and programs.

The Michigan SAF hopes that information from this conference can be applied to improve natural resource management throughout the State of Michigan and be used in similar geographic regions. The highly controversial nature of this topic is certainly recognized. Solutions will have to largely come from outside the strictly scientific base of knowledge, although the science strongly supports the position that deer in many areas have become overabundant and negative environmental and ecological impacts have been ongoing for substantial periods of time. The body of research is compelling, yet not complete. Forest management practices as they affect habitat quality can certainly be used (and have been for decades) to impact deer populations. As forest managers, we need to re-evaluate our role in the overabundance of deer populations. However once again, solutions must largely come from the socio-political arena.

For those interested in a comprehensive and well-done review of the issues, begin reading the review prepared by Steeve Cote et al. (2004). Jean-Pierre Tremblay presented some of the elements of this review at the conference.

All files are in Adobe (pdf) format. You will need an Adobe Reader to view the files, which can be downloaded free from the Internet, if you don't already have the Reader on your computer [www.adobe.com].


Conference Papers

Adobe pdf

Adobe pdf

Entire Proceedings


Paper11.4 mb
Forward and  Acknowledgements
      Bill Cook, Conference Program Chair
Paper
53 kb
Challenges of deer management from an ecosystem perspective
     Gary Alt, Wildlife Consultant
Paper
51 kb
Population biology, abundance, and management history of Michigan white-tailed deer
    
Brent Rudolph, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division
Paper
631 kb
Slide Show
4.6 mb
Forests for dinner: Exploring a model of how deer affect advance regeneration at stand and landscape scales
     Joseph LeBouton, Michigan State University
Paper
387 kb
Slide Show
1.9 mb
Cost-share programs, deer habitat enhancement, and PNIF implications
     Tom Ward, Michigan State Forester, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
Paper
37 kb
Slide Show
0.3 mb
Ecological impacts of deer overabundance on temperate and boreal forests 
   
Jean-Pierre Tremblay, Laval Université, Québec
Paper
336 kb
Slide Show
1.7 mb
An assessment of long-term biodiversity recovery from intense and sustained deer browse on North Manitou Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
     David Flaspohler, Michigan Technological University
Paper
408 kb
Slide Show
6.9 mb
In our opinion:  Are Michigan deer hunters satisfied stewards or coerced conservationists?
     R. Ben Peyton and Peter Bull, Michigan State University
Paper
120 kb
Slide Show
1.5 mb
Chronic regeneration failure in northern hardwood stands: A liability to certified forest landowners
     Gary Donovan, International Paper
Paper
58 kb
Slide Show
1.5 mb
Certifying sustainable forestry: The deer factor
     David deCalesta, Wildlife Analyses Consulting
Paper
46 kb
Slide Show
1.4 mb
Even-aged silviculture as an approach to regeneration of forests with high deer densities
     Susan Stout, USDA Forest Service Northeast Forest Research Station
Paper
85 kb
Slide Show
6.3 mb
Adaptive management for deer: A case study from Pennsylvania
    
David deCalesta, Wildlife Analyses Consulting
Paper
797 kb
Slide Show
2.0 mb
Deer and sedge : Bottlenecks to seedling regeneration in northern hardwood forests and potential restoration techniques aimed at reversing the effects
    
Jesse Randall, Michigan State University
Paper
55 kb
Slide Show
2.6 mb
Strategies in changing deer management policy in Pennsylvania, 1999-2004
    
Gary Alt, Wildlife Consultant
Paper
36 kb


Conference Agenda
Speaker Biographies
Annotated Bibliography
Conference Participants

Paper152 kb
Paper 167 kb
Paper 98 kb
Paper116 kb


Other Papers Recommended by Speakers
Michigan Deer Harvest Survey Report: 2004 Seasons.  2005.
     Brian Frawley

Paper
447 kb

Demographics, Recruitment, and Retention of Michigan Hunters.  2004.
     Brian Frawley

Paper
371 kb

White-tailed Deer and Landscape Effects on Forest Structure and Species Composition.  Draft Bulletin MSU Extension.
     Joseph LeBouton, Et al.

Paper
187 kb

Deer and Sedge Impact Tree Regeneration in Working Forests: Possible Restoration Treatments.  Draft Bulletin MSU Extension.
     Jesse Randall & Mike Walters

Paper
53 kb

Management of Allegheny Hardwoods for Timber and Wildlife.  1981.
     David Marquis

Paper
295 kb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citation for the proceedings: Michigan Society of American Foresters. 2005. Forests & whitetails-Striving for Balance, Conference Proceedings. Edited by W.Cook. Fall Conference of the Michigan SAF, St. Ignace, Michigan, 9-10 June, 2005. 289 pp.

 

Links to additional deer impact information

Anticosti Island research [http://www.cen.ulaval.ca/anticosti/colloque2005_english]
CWD Alliance [http://www.cwd-info.org]
Deer workshop presentations from Bemidji State University [http://www.cri-bsu.org/deerWorkshop.html]
Deer checkstation software [http://www.nrsllc.com/CheckStation.aspx]
Deer Crash Coalition-Wisconsin [http://www.deercrash.com/index.htm]
Hunt for the Hungry [http://www.huntforthehungry.com/hunthungry/default.asp]
Michigan DNR Deer Management [http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10363_10856_10905---,00.html]
Michigan Traffic Crash Facts [http://www.michigantrafficcrashfacts.org]
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety [http://www.iihs.org]
Kinzua Cooperative [http://www.allegheny-vacation.com/kqdc.html]
Mad Deer [http://www.maddeer.org]
QDMA [http://www.qdma.com]
Pennsylvania Oak Regeneration [http://www.forestrycenter.org/headlines.cfm?refid=87302]
Major Pennsylvania Audubon study [http://pa.audubon.org]
Rooney & Waller research [http://www.botany.wisc.edu/waller/deer]
Steeve Cote research [http://www.cen.ulaval.ca/english/scote.html]
Tom Rooney's Deer Impacts Blog [http://deerimpacts.blogspot.com]

Michigan SAF Home Page



This website is maintained by Bill Cook, Michigan State University Extension Forest in the Upper Peninsula.  Comments, questions, and suggestions are gratefully accepted. 

Last update of this page was 23 May, 2006

 

 


 

 

 

This site is hosted by School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University.

Michigan Tech