What are the effects of long-term deer management in the Huron Clinton Metroparks? What are the known impacts of deer on vegetation?
What are the known impacts of deer on vegetation? Does managing deer herds allow for vegetation recovery in natural areas? How do deer impacts compare to and interact with other management challenges, including invasive species control and prescribed burns?
The Huron Clinton Metroparks have had deer exclosures in Kensington Metropark since 1995, and added exclosures to several other parks in 2001. Park administrators have been conducting aerial deer population surveys and managing deer since 1998. We'll discuss initial observations of deer impacts on park vegetation, and recent monitoring and observations on of whether or how vegetation is recovering after nearly 20 years of deer management.