Research

Urban Natural resource Management

Damme Farm

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The Damme Farm is located in proximity to the Falk property and is a combination of rolling topography and land boarding a small creek. Prior to purchase by the present landowners, the Damme Farm was in row crops. Landowner objectives include: a home site and management of the land for wildlife and as an investment.

A portion of the Damme Farm was used for an experimental planting by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Nebraska Forest Service. Seed of XX species were sown on land next to an ephemeral stream. The seed density was quite high. As germination occurred, the landowner placed 3'-5' tree shelters over some of the most promising trees. In 2004, the landowner was given bare-root bur oak seedlings grown at the Georgia State Nursery from native trees. These seedlings were planted and protected from deer browse and rub by a 6' Tree Pro™ tree shelter. By 2006, the majority of the bur oak seedlings had emerged from the tubes. In contrast, very few of the NRCS seedlings that had been placed in shelter had emerged. The remaining unprotected seedlings were approximately 6" – 15" and severely browsed by deer.