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Some Effects of Deer Browsing on Chamise Sprouts after Fire
The American Midland Naturalist
Vol. 77, No. 1 (Jan., 1967), pp. 234-238
Published by: The University of Notre Dame
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2423445
Page Count: 5
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A study in northern Monterey Co., California, of protected and unprotected root crown sprouts of chamise over an 8-year period following burning indicated highly significant differences in the recovery of the two groups as a result of browsing by deer. The most pronounced differences arose in the first two years after burning. Browsing on individual plants was uneven and correlated in part with the presence or absence of charred mature stems remaining after the fire. The retardation of the recovery of unprotected sprouts was so great that the effects of browsing should be evaluated by the use of exclosures in any study of the recovery of Californian chaparral after fire.
The American Midland Naturalist © 1967 The University of Notre Dame