Deer Population Research
White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginiana) habitat and its use were evaluated on the SGL33 right-of-way before and after vegetation management treatments and compared to the adjoining forest. Deer presence increased post-treatment on the right-of-way between 1982 (treatment year) to 1984 (post-treatment). The right-of-way continued to provide desirable habitat for deer following herbicide treatment.
- Integrated vegetation management treatments within the right of way caused a shift in vegetation, but suitability of the habitat for deer remained high. 1 4 19
- Deer use of woody plants was greater in the adjoining forest compared to the right-of-way where more herbaceous vegetation was browsed. 4
- Deer use in the right of way was 48 percent greater than in the adjacent forest. 2
- Deer can have a positive impact on a right-of-way by browsing on incompatible trees in wire and border zones, and by providing aesthetic value to a right-of-way. 22
2Bramble WC and WR Byrnes. 1983. Thirty years of research on development of plant cover on an electric transmission right-of-way. J. Arboric. 9(3):67-74.⤴
4Bramble WC, WR Byrnes and RJ Hutnik. 1985. Effects of a special technique for right-of-way maintenance on deer habitat. J. Arboric. 11(9):278-284.⤴