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Winter Lecture Series: Strategies for Forest Restoration: Assessing Impacts of Deer and Invasive Plant Species

Sunday, February 2 2:00 pm
Sunday, February 2 3:00 pm


Jay F. Kelly, PhD, associate professor of biology and environmental science at Raritan Valley Community College, will present the results of his research on the impacts of overabundant deer and invasive plant species on forests in northern central New Jersey and the effectiveness of different tools for forest restoration.

Since 2014, he and his students have studied over 250 forests in northern NJ, documenting how forest understories have changed since the mid-20th century, when deer and invasive plant populations were much lower. They also have studied the effectiveness of different forest restoration strategies—including deer exclosures, hunting programs, prescribed burning and native plantings.

Jay F. Kelly holds a BA in biology and a PhD in ecology & evolution, both from Rutgers University. His research interests are the biology and conservation of rare plant and animal species, coastal and forest ecology, and the design and implementation of ecological land management practices that balance the needs of humans with other species in the landscape. He received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his research and service in 2010.

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Fees: Members $10; Non-members: $15

Additional Information: Online registration for this program closes on January 31, 2020; to register after this date, please call our Visitor Center at 215.862.2924.

This lecture is part of our annual Winter Lecture Series. The series features presentations by regionally renowned experts who address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants and native wildlife. All lectures are held in the Preserve’s Visitor Center auditorium. This is a very popular series, so sign up early to ensure your place. Walk-ins welcome as space permits.

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