Clearpool Model Forest Workshop: Studying Impacts of Deer (AVID)

Thursday, August 30, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm

Clearpool Campus
33 Clearpool Road
Carmel, New York 10512

Cataloging the impact of deer on forest ecosystems is imperative to proper land management and in preserving biodiversity in our region.

AVID workshops aims to enlist help from the community

White-tailed deer affect many aspects of our lives.

Motorists, gardeners, hunters, foresters, and homeowners are all impacted by deer abundance levels. This may be through car collisions, disease transmission, landscape destruction, or over-browsed woodlands. Cataloging the impact of deer on forest ecosystems is imperative to proper land management and in preserving biodiversity in our region. There are many methods of determining deer impacts and this workshop will give us skills in using a specific method referred to as AVID* (Assess the Vegetation for Impacts from Deer).

Learn from experts and become a citizen scientist.

Join professional naturalists to learn how to identify important wildflowers and local trees and recognize evidence of deer impacts. Participants are asked to establish and revisit their study plots annually to collect ongoing data. These plots can be on private or public land. The workshop will include a one-hour indoor segment as well as two hours outdoors utilizing the Clearpool Model Forest to ID deer impacts. This event will be held rain or shine. Outdoor attire suggested.

*AVID is a method for volunteers, foresters, landowners and others to Assess the Vegetation for Impacts from Deer. Wildflowers and/or tree seedlings are selected and measured each year for several years to evaluate the impact of deer browsing. Field data collected by individuals and organizations across New York State, and submitted to a central database, will be used to track tree, shrub and wildflower response to deer browsing over time. Knowledge of how deer impacts change through time will help guide deer management decisions at local and state levels. Participants will document changes in forest plants on their own land, or land in their communities, and also will learn to identify important spring wildflower and tree species, and to recognize evidence of deer impacts based on the presence or absence of key wildflower, shrub, and tree indicator species. Visit aviddeer.com to learn more.

Questions?

Contact Matt Smetana, Model Forest Facilitator at msmetana@greenchimneys.org or 845.216.0239

This workshop is free;
advance registration is required.