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The benefit of sunlight

Old 08-06-2010, 06:12 PM
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Iím going to Cumberland this weekend for the big gun bash and thought id check out a hunting spot Sunday on the way home when I came across this quote from Marylandís dnr


The Big Savage Trail is now open but the going is rough and recommended for only the most experienced hikers with excellent navigation skills. The ice storm of 2002 and Gypsy Moth defoliations in 2006 and 2007 have ravaged the forest canopy over large areas of the trail, allowing sunlight to proliferate an abundance of vegetative growth on the forest floor thus obscuring the trail in many locations. Volunteer efforts are underway to clear these overgrown sections but until the forest canopy reestablishes itself at some point in the future keeping the trail open will continue to be a challenge
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Now Maryland has nowhere near the number of hunters we have here in PA. There deer numbers are way above ours today yet with those higher numbers they have fantastic regeneration, at least good enough that trails have become overgrown and warnings need to be posted.
Here in my area on the Gallitzin state forest dcnr has dmapíd the area for 6 years (since dmap started). we have been in herd reduction for 10 and we are still fencing our cuts. The cut planned for next year will also be fenced. This area used to get hammered in rifle the area surrounding the forest is mostly all open to hunting and here we fence cuts. A pellet count was done on Gallitzin SF and it showed very low deer numbers so why fence and deprive the few remaining deer the vegetation. And to add to that why cut all this land within the last few years why not stager the cuts over a time so the forest is never all in the same stage of growth. Here in pa we blame the deer but this quote clearly shows what good a little sunlight will do.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:16 PM
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Hmmm , just got back from that trail and I didn't notice anything.
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Old 08-07-2010, 04:44 AM
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but until the forest canopy reestablishes itself at some point in the future keeping the trail open will continue to be a challenge
goes to show if you want regeneration its not going to happen without sunlight, and not all the blame can be placed on deer.
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:42 AM
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No one ever placed all the blame on the deer Mike.That article doen't mean squat.What is it that's growing in those areas?
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:37 AM
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where else was the blame placed by you, dcnr, pgc or any other supporter. i dont recall one post from yoy or one press release from either agency addressing any other habat issue other than deer.

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Old 08-09-2010, 12:43 PM
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Then you have a very selective memory.Invasive species and allowing enough light to get the regenetation of many species is mentioned in almost every single DMAP report from DCNR.Deer are only one part of the problem but it's one of the biggest problems because decades of overbrowsing has impacted the habitat so severly.Other issues still have to be addressed but addressing the deer issue was the most important thing.By the way,not all tree species need full sunlight.There should be a mid level canopy beneath a full canopy.
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Old 08-09-2010, 01:52 PM
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Here you go.
http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry.../invasive.aspx

No one has ever placed all the blame on the deer.
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