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The following schedule is from the 72nd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies which was held October 21-24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. 
Monday, October 22 • 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Wildlife 1 Track: Evaluation of Methods to Increase Deer Forage and Turkey Brooding Cover in Coastal Plain Hardwood Stands

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AUTHORS: Mark A. Turner, William D. Gulsby – Auburn University; Craig A. Harper, University of Tennessee

ABSTRACT: Previous research has indicated canopy reduction and prescribed fire can improve habitat quality for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and wild turkey (Meleagris gallapavo) in hardwood forests of the Central Hardwoods and Appalachian regions. However, species composition of Coastal Plain hardwood forests is different and there remains concern that prescribed fire may result in unacceptable damage to many of these species. We designed an experiment to assess the value of using prescribed fire following canopy reduction to improve habitat quality for deer and turkeys in Coastal Plain hardwoods. In January – February 2018, we reduced canopy coverage by approximately 50% in 4, 10-ha hardwood stands in the Upper Coastal Plain of Alabama. We primarily targeted and treated low wildlife value species by girdling and spraying trees in half of each stand with triclopyr (Garlon® 3A) and a mixture of triclopyr and imazapyr (Arsenal® AC) in the other half of each stand. We used these herbicide treatments to evaluate nontarget tree response to imazapyr. We used the girdle-and-squirt method because the size and species composition of many stands within the region is such that commercial harvest is not a viable means of canopy reduction and because any landowner can implement this treatment on their property. We will implement low-intensity prescribed fire during fall/winter 2018/19. We will present preliminary results on herbicide efficacy and associated mortality, deer forage availability, and turkey brooding cover following the first year of data collection (summer 2018).

Monday October 22, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Bon Secour Bay II

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