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Effects and Extent of Deer Browse on Forest Regeneration

Forest Regeneration Monitoring

The following reports summarize the overall risk deer currently pose to forest regeneration. Forestry staff completed them as part of the Forest Regeneration Monitoring (FRM) Program, specifically to provide County Deer Advisory Councils (CDACs) and wildlife resource managers with county-level data on the effects and extent of deer browse on forest regeneration. 

Please note the FRM Program is designed to visit sites every three years to provide time series observations of forest change. Since resampling will not begin until 2021, these reports represent snapshots of current risk. Results will be refined and updated as sites are revisited and new data is collected and analyzed. 

These reports are the first attempt to summarize and communicate these data in a manner that is useful to CDAC members. Send an email to with any feedback or suggestions on how to improve future reports.

Introductory Video

In the video below, Wisconsin DNR forest ecologist and silviculturist Brad Hutnik walks you through the parts of the report.


Updates to the 2020 reports were made on March 17, 2021. If you would like access to the original reports, please email the FRM program specialist at