Article on Forest Regeneration in Cornell’s Small Farms Quarterly

DNR’s Paul Curtis, Gary Goff, and Jay Boulanger, recently published an article in Cornell’s Small Farm Quarterly Spring 2013 issue. The article discusses the difficulty in forest regeneration with the overabundance of white-tailed deer. They explain that the deer will selectively browse and remove tree seedlings up to 6 feet tall, making it hard for young trees to successfully regenerate. They explain the key components for successful forest regeneration, challenges to regeneration, and potential solutions.

Click here to read the full article.

Close encounter with a deer in a downtown Ithaca Mall

During the afternoon of June 3rd, a confused male deer broke into downtown Ithaca’s Dewitt mall and caused some chaos. Fortunately, Jay Boulanger and Mike Ashdown of the Department of Natural Resources were able to tranquilize the deer and bring it to the vet school to treat it’s injuries. Read the full story as it was featured in the Ithaca Journal here.

Cayuga Heights’ Deer Population and Maple Syrup Production

In a recent Ithaca Journal article, Jay Boulanger, deer research and management program coordinator at Cornell, was interviewed, discussing the implications of the current overpopulation of deer in Cayuga Heights and the options available to alleviate the situation. Possible options include lethal means, contraceptives, sterilization, and fencing; each one with its own pros and cons. The most cost-effective method in Boulanger’s opinion is reducing the deer population by lethal means, but this is also the most controversial method. DNR Professor Paul Curtis was part of panel at a public forum last week to discuss the issues surrounding this problem, which is affecting areas across the country.

Read the full article here.

In another IJ article, Stephen Childs, Cornell’s New York State Maple Extension Specialist, discussed the effects of this year’s mild winter on maple syrup production. At the Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, trees were tapped by February 1st, when normally they are not tapped until mid- to late-February. While the quality of the syrup will not be affected, the timing had to be adjusted to ensure the correct flow in the freeze-thaw cycle of a typical winter.

Read the full article here.

According to Peter Smallidge, as of March 7th, the maple syrup crop at the Arnot Teaching and Research Forest is at 60% of the average crop, even with the earlier tapping. There has been 285 gallons of maple syrup so far, which is promising for the upcoming Maple Weekend on March 17-18.

Read Peter’s update here.