Theses and Dissertations


Measuring the biological and economic effects of wildlife herbivory on afforested carbon sequestration sites in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Grebner, L. Donald

Committee Member

Jones, Jeanne

Committee Member

Belli, Keith

Committee Member

Maiers, Richard

Committee Member

Grado, Stephen

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access



Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Forest Resources


Department of Forestry


Mammalian herbivory of bottomland hardwood seedlings has been listed as one of the primary causal factors of failed afforestation efforts in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV). This study examined the biological and economic effects of mammalian herbivory on recently afforested carbon sequestration sites in the LMAV. Selected seedlings of six planting mixes were observed through the first year following planting to monitor seedling survival, growth, and mammalian herbivory. It was determined that greater than 10% of selected seedlings were browsed by various mammalian herbivore species, and some species mixes were browsed in excess of 50%. Financial analyses compared alternative afforestation strategies and determined to what extent herbivore-induced seedling mortality could reduce investment returns of landowners engaged in afforestation activities. In the presence of extreme mammalian herbivory, landowner returns can be reduced by hundreds of dollars per acre and could prevent further afforestation activities in the LMAV.



mammalian herbivory||Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley||afforestation||carbon sequestration

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