Wilderness areas are often considered quality areas where natural processes occur without human activity. It is often assumed that these unmanaged areas will provide and support quality wildlife habitat. The objective of this study was to evaluate the forage production and stocking potential of an unmanaged wilderness area in east Texas. Four different community types were evaluated for forage yield, forage availability, and browse utilization for white-tailed deer. Results show that although a wide range of forage yields were measured in the spring, summer forage yield did not differ among the various communities. Availability also differed between community types, but utilization within each community appears to be lower than what could be supported.
Oswald, B.P., K.W. Farrish and B.A. Gentzler. 2017. Forage Yields in Turkey Hill Wilderness in East Texas for White-tailed Deer. Texas Journal of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 29:66-74.