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The Naturalist - 06 North Shore Forest Restoration

Episode 6 - North Shore Forest Restoration

Forest restoration on the North Shore of Lake Superior is a long and complicated process. Climate change, wildlife, and stakeholder interest are only a few of the factors that come into play. Learn more about what it takes to develop a project on this scale. 

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Interested in helping monitor the impacts of deer on forest vegetation? Become an AVID volunteer!

Be AVID about forest health! Announcing the Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer (AVID) program Become a volunteer! Visit our website at for more information! Deer are a keystone species across Minnesota’s woodlands. They are considered a keystone species because when there are high deer populations, the composition and structure of the forest can change. Deer prefer tree species like pines and maples, but will also avoid certain plants. When there are deer present in a woodland they will browse the species that are preferred or palatable. So if there are high populations of deer in an area, the plants that they prefer will get more heavily browsed which can lead to other plants (that deer don’t like) outcompeting and taking over. Given the influence the size of deer populations can have on woodlands, it is important to monitor vegetation impacts from deer. If populations of deer are too large, it can put stress on important and economically and ecologically valuabl…