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Forest Management Plan: Use Deer Fencing

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

As a forestry professional, you care about tree and soil health restoration and management. Not only are wildfires a concern, but pest disease and deer damage. To reduce the risk of deer and rodent damage in forests, Deerbusters suggests using deer fencing and tree guards.

Deer have a bad habit of eating tree bark and rubbing their antlers on the tree limbs. This not only damages the bark; but it reduces the chance for tree loggers to use these damaging trees as the trees age. (After all, nobody wants a diseased or damaged tree.) Tree logging is big business; and for the health of forests, we want to make sure trees stay healthy and protected. 

This is why deer fencing and tree guards are needed. Both deer management strategies are easy to implement and use. As the name implies, tree wraps simply wrap around young trees and will protect the branches and bark from deer damage. Poly deer fencing, if used in the recommended height of 7.5' or 8', will lower the chance of deer jumping to reach trees. We choose plastic deer fence for tree protection because it is more flexible than steel deer fence and will be easier to use on trees.

If building deer fence isn't in your forest management plan, or being used on tree farms, then it's time to give it a try.