Improving Restoration of Forest Understory:
Experimental Deer Exclosure, Invasive Plant Management, and Enrichment Planting
Each year, Greenacres Foundation funds research proposals relating to ecology and the environment. One funded project currently underway is through Miami University, examining forest restoration and the impact deer are having on invasive plant management and subsequent native species plantings. In the woods on our Indian Hill campus, two deer exclosures were constructed to keep deer out, and each is paired with plots that deer continue to have access to. Four treatments are being applied to the forest floor in each of the test plots: planting, herbicide, herbicide + planting, and controls. Data collection will include survival and growth of both currently occurring and planted wildflowers and tree seedlings.
Start Date: Fall 2022
End Date: Summer 2025
Partner: Miami University
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