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Some Effects of Deer Browsing on Chamise Sprouts after Fire

John Davis
The American Midland Naturalist
Vol. 77, No. 1 (Jan., 1967), pp. 234-238
DOI: 10.2307/2423445
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2423445
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Some Effects of Deer Browsing on Chamise Sprouts after Fire
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Abstract

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.

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